Faster, smaller, more
Doing business online via Amazon, Zalando and Co. has developed at a rapid pace during the past few years and is expected to continue growing in the future. Shipping quantities continue to decrease, customers tend to order individual items on the Internet, albeit more frequently, and demands for quick delivery are increasing. Solutions for meeting the challenges of doing business online will be on display at transport logistic at the trade-fair center in Munich from May 9 to 12, 2017.
According to the latest figures, volume on the global e-commerce market could increase rapidly to some USD 4,000 billion by the year 2020, and the market for logistics is expected to reach USD 100 billion by 2021. These developments mean new challenges for dealers, manufacturers and logistics service providers.
Growing demand for last-mile and city logistics concepts
When package and/or consignment volume increases, so do the number of de-liveries to end consumers and the number of trips into delivery areas. Additional traffic places a greater burden on residents and streets, especially in inner cities and urban centers, increasing the urgency of implementing efficient last-mile or city-logistics concepts. For this reason, transport logistic 2017 is partnering with the DVV Media Group to develop the new “metropolitan logistic” umbrella brand—a communication platform for companies in the logistics, industrial and retail sectors that brings them together with decision-makers in the public sector and NGOs.
E-commerce warehouses in cities
When it comes to same-day delivery, logistics locations have to be near customers to be able to meet this logistics challenge in a timely and effective manner. In urban centers and inner-city locations, that predominantly works in existing buildings that may even be used by multiple companies, because space for new logistics facilities is hardly available. Scalable and automated logistics solutions that are built upward are in greater demand. High efficiency despite minimal consignment quantities, efficient order consolidation and the shortest possible throughput times are the requirements to be met by modern e-commerce warehouses. Cooperative bundling of shipments even between competing parcel services can make deliveries to private households simpler and keep them affordable. A logistically demanding concept such as home delivery could then be profitable if it were possible to set up delivery rounds with a large number of stops that are optimized with regard to volume, delivery destination and delivery timeframe. “metropolitan logistic” can make an important contribution to that objective, as well.
Diverse supporting program
In keeping with this theme, the topics that will be discussed as part of the supporting program include “Logistics for the last mile—Concepts and technical solutions for inner-city deliveries?” by Huss Verlag and the Fraunhofer Institute and “metropolitan logistic—Good logistics is a prerequisite for urbanity and prosperity” by the DVV Media Group.