DHL Express has extended its city hub concept for inner-city deliveries to The Hague, Netherlands with a new pilot involving electric vehicles.
The City Hub concept was first launched in March 2017 in Utrecht and Frankfurt. A van brings the trailer into the city centre, where the containers can be quickly loaded on to Cubicycle (special cargo bicycles) for delivery over the last mile. The Cubicycles carry a container that can weight up to 125kg.
The extension of the project in The Hague will use a modified pick-up version of a StreetScooter and a Nissan e-NV200 take on the last-mile delivery of up to three containers each.
Combined with larger 7.5-tonne trucks that can bring a higher number of 125kg containers into the city centre, this will make the overall transport more operationally and environmentally efficient.
* DHL Supply Chain is expanding vision picking in its warehouses following the completion of a series of augmented reality pilots.
And it is now looking into additional applications for augmented and virtual reality such as trainings, maintenance, dimension calculations and more.
The vision picking trials showed an average improvement of productivity by 15 per cent and higher accuracy rates. DHL also found that on-boarding and training time was halved.