Ultra-urban logistics challenges : a white paper

Facing these new challenges, FM Logistic and Roland Berger propose a reflection on the urban logistics and its possible tomorrow.

On October 20, 2020

With the saturation of the urban space and the intensification of logistics flows, especially with the rise of e-commerce, major cities and logistics companies need to coordinate their actions and rethink their approach to logistics. This even more true in a context of Omnichannel and eco-conscious consumers transform the supply chain.

The urban logistics market is expected to grow by 8% per year in Europe between now and 2030. However, freight deliveries already represent 20% of traffic and 30% of pollution in cities. The explosion of e-commerce and the fragmentation of players are amplifying the phenomenon. One city-dweller out of 10 receives one parcel per day. More than one-third (37%) have already ordered home food delivery, a proportion that exceeds 60% in a city like Paris. To fight traffic jams and limit air and noise pollution, cities are restricting access to internal combustion vehicles. Copenhagen and Oslo, for example, have banned diesel vehicles since January 2020.

Facing these new challenges, the logistics specialist FM Logistic and the strategy consulting firm Roland Berger propose a reflection on the city supply chain of tomorrow. Increased cooperation between logistics players, the use of technologies and green transportation are some of the solutions discussed in this work.

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