How can the last-mile industry work for a greener,
more efficient future? One thing is clear –
we have to work together.
Efficient and sustainable future of last-mile
It is nothing new that there have been major changes in the postal and parcel delivery industry in recent years. Digitization has made its entrance here as well, and the number of letters and newspapers to be delivered has been sharply reduced. In parallel, e-commerce has exploded and it is expected to increase even more in the time to come. This trend, combined with ever-increasing demands for efficiency from consumers and an enormous need to reduce emissions, means that as producers of vehicles for the postal and parcel delivery industry we must work together to develop efficient and sustainable solutions for the smart cities of the future.
Big cities need small vehicles
More and more people are moving to the cities and nearby areas. In the future, there will therefore be a steady increase in the number of letters and parcels to be delivered in narrow streets and areas with few parking facilities. The need for small electric vehicles, which can drive where larger vehicles cannot and which can park in places other vehicles cannot park, will therefore be greater than ever. Urban mobility will continue to be a core concept in sustainable urban development.
Will a mixed vehicle fleet be the key?
The future is all-electric, there is no doubt about that. For companies in the post and parcel delivery industry, the key might be to find a good mix of vehicles in the fleet to be able to cover both profitability and sustainability needs. Vans and lockers will definitely be a part of the fleet in the future. But still, there will be room for micro-vehicles in that mix. It is not necessarily a van that is the solution on all routes, just because it has a larger volume capacity. It is also limited how much capacity the postman has, when it comes to working hours. It’s therefore largely a matter of maximizing the effect of load volume vs working time. The vehicle should serve as a tool, rather than just transportation.
Paxster is designed for and with the postal worker
Paxster is developed with the working men and women in focus. Together with Posten Norge, the needs of the postal workers were mapped. Challenges around ergonomics and weather conditions got a lot of focus. Fortunately, we came up with good solutions for both. To avoid that the postal workers will experience large temperature differences hundreds of times a day, and not to mention that they will be able to move faster in and out of the vehicle, Paxster is made without doors. The feedback has been exclusively positive from the postal workers themselves.
AT A GLANCE
We answer 7 common conserns when considering Paxster as part of your fleet.