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Cluster Report Transport, Mobility and Logistics in the Capital Region Berlin-Brandenburg

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12 | Electric carrier bikes for last mile transport, © F.S.K. for Velogista Pioneer: Cargo bikes for a better city Today already, the use of drones in parcel delivery services would make our cities in particular greener and the costs of shipping cheaper. But alternative solutions will remain necessary to ease the burden of logistic transports in cities and conurbations until suitable systems can be put in place. While a large number of innovative procedures have become standard practice in the long-distance and regional logistics sector – Euro 6 technology, the avoidance of deadheads, telematics, etc. – the greatest potential for innovation in the ongoing sustainability discussions and mobility concepts within the logistics sector remains untapped in the so-called final mile logistics, meaning consignment delivery to customers in urban centres. Besides the familiar negative implications – exhaust gas emissions, increase in traffic density, mobility restrictions, and ‘double parking’ – the low success rate for first-time delivery and the associated additional delivery attempts present particular problems from the perspective of parcel delivery services. Urban logistics is therefore a critical success factor for the CEP industry (courier, express, parcel), both in the interests of sustainability and to increase customer satisfaction and efficiency. The hardest nut to crack is in this area, especially as air pollution control is an urgent concern, online trade is growing and generating increasingly large volumes of delivery traffic, and migration to urban centres remains a persistent trend. The solution is not as complex as it appears at first glance. Martin Seißler from the Berlin company Velogista demonstrates what final-mile logistics may look like in tomorrow’s cities. Launched under the motto “For a better city”, he speaks up for using its proprietary electric delivery bicycles, which already replace many motorised transports in the city centre. The Kreuzberg-based company has operated its electro-assisted transport bikes to deliver all kinds of goods within the Berlin S-Bahn ring since 2014. The capacity of the bikes – they are loaded by forklift with a complete europallet or products weighing up to 250 kilograms – can compete with conventional vehicles. At the moment, Velogista has two mini-depots in Kreuzberg and Charlottenburg to support deliveries to customers. But until now, a 7.5-ton truck has been used to supply these centres with parcels from the main warehouse. Seißler is placing his hopes in the development of electric trucks with sufficient load-bearing capacity. The company has eight bicycles that it uses to deliver the products within a radius of five kilometers. It plans to double the number of collection depots and bicycles in order to cater to the entire area within the S-Bahn ring. The benefits compared to traditional parcel delivery services that throng city centre locations on a daily basis are obvious: “The bicycles are silent, compact, do not produce emissions, and are powered by genuine green electricity,” says Seißler. “Our delivery bicycles use less energy than any (electric) car and therefore reduce the consumption of fossil fuels. Ultimately also, we are quicker and more effec- “The digital revolution is in full swing. Improved digital quality standards in the supplier sector are spreading increasingly to small and mid-sized enterprises. This presents immense opportunities – and significant challenges – for Brandenburg with its largely equivalent business structures. We help companies in the areas of transport, mobility, and logistics to shape up for the age of 4.0. The practical projects supported by the cluster make an important contribution in this respect.” Albrecht Gerber Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy in the State of Brandenburg

Cluster Report I Transport, Mobility and Logistics – A Strong Location | 13 tive than cars,” the founder adds. Unlike their motorised competition, the bikes are entitled to use cycle or bus lanes, are more agile, and get closer to the actual point of delivery. Seißler is not worried about competition from major logistics companies like DHL, who are also developing similar models: “The city can only benefit if the concept becomes accepted. And competition is good for business,” he says, summing up. Complete visibility: 360° transport monitoring for rapid response times Time is money, especially in the logistics industry. It is also an immensely important field, as it acts as an interface between suppliers, manufacturers, and buyers. Internal and external processes will grind to a halt without timely supplies, punctual delivery, and rapid forwarding – and the consequences may even be serious. After all, a variety of external influences like inclement weather, congestion, safety checks, or strikes make the system vulnerable to disruption. Transport managers and stakeholders simply do not have the time to manually monitor all channels to obtain information on disturbances. This is where the services provided by the Potsdam-based company Synfioo and its ‘360° transport monitoring’ come into play: Synfioo is a software platform used in the targeted “The future of mobility is a key topic. In Berlin, we are developing tangible solutions. In doing so, the focus is not only on individual technologies, but also how they interact within the overall system. Electromobility, sharing, and mobility apps, as well as innovative concepts for sustainable inner-city logistics and digitalisation in rail transport – future mobility is now, more than ever, an important task for networking.” Ramona Pop Senator for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises Berlin and real-time control of transport chains. “The permanent reconciliation of target and actual data provides logistics companies with on-the-spot information on where disrup- Cluster Transport, Mobility and Logistics Firmly integrated within the innovation strategy pursued by the states of Berlin and Brandenburg, the Cluster Transport, Mobility and Logistics supports the business and scientific communities to find responses to issues concerning mobility in tomorrow’s world. This primarily means translating technological potential into projects designed to improve the regional value chain. The work focuses mainly on integrated approaches based on close collaboration between companies and research institutions across traditional industrial branches. The cluster management within Berlin Partner for Business and Technology and the Brandenburg economic development corporation assist in the networking and development of cooperation projects at a regional, national, and international scale. More than 17,000 companies with around 201,000 employees in the industrial fields of automotive, aerospace, rail systems technology as well as in the cross-sectoral areas of logistics and intelligent transport systems belong to the Cluster Transport, Mobility and Logistics. The cluster places a particular focus on an intermodal structure with a good balance of power between transport modes and industries. This applies to the transport situation in the region itself – Berlin as the ‘capital of intermodality’ – as well as to science and business. Indeed, science and research provide an essential foundation for the region’s transport capabilities – across the entire range from automotive technology to logistics and mobility research within the field of social sciences.

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