Consolidating deliveries is a good way to reduce the number of heavy vehicles in Stockholm’s traffic. In a garage underneath Vasakronan’s head office on Mäster Samuelsgatan, there is now a new consolidation centre.
This is where Bring will leave all packets and pallets containing goods that will be distributed to four postcode districts in the city. We also aim to become a hub for packages sent from other suppliers to the offices in this neighbourhood”, says Erik Wastesson from Ragn-Sells.
As a significant share of goods will now be distributed to the same address, Bring can withdraw one truck from traffic. Goods will instead be distributed to customers from the consolidation centre using a small electric truck which has permission to drive in pedestrian zones during daytime.
The electric truck has already been used for one year to collect recycled goods such as glass, plastic and paper. Now, these collections are combined with outgoing goods, so that the vehicle both leaves and collects goods during its runs – resulting in fewer journeys.
The electric vehicle is a Linde truck with a custom-built box that carries eight pallets. It is charged at night in Hötorgsgaraget whilst its loading equipment is charged separately once per day”, explains Erik Wastesson.
He hopes that the new consolidation model shall be replicated by other actors in the city, saying
We are still in the trial period. It takes time to learn how to work in the best way. However, I hope we can develop the service more and reduce the level of transportation even more with help from this model”.
The initiative, which is part of the FREVUE demonstration in Stockholm was welcomed by Märta Brolinson from the City of Stockholm’s Traffic Department.
Stockholm is happy to see this consolidation centre launch. The city administration has been involved in the project since it started three years ago and has acted as a facilitator enabling the different actors to meet and develop a business model. The solution combining Bring’s deliveries with Ragn-Sells’ resource flow means that trucks don’t travel empty. The aim is to improve the working environment for drivers, reduce the number of heavy vehicles and improve the urban environment, which Vasakronan (which owns the building where the consolidation centre is located) also supports”.