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First joint parcel shop for rival services opens

Germany's first multi-label parcel shop set to ease delivery traffic and lower pollution

The City-Center Bergedorf (CCB) has opened a “one-meeting point” as a model that demonstrates how delivery and the related traffic can be easily reduced, noise and pollution lowered and parcel logistics sustainably improved. The offer will be expanded just in time for Christmas, the traditional peak period for delivery traffic. The opening of the point comes against the urgency of intelligently organised deliveries on the so-called last mile. The issue is pivotal as Hamburg gears up to host the ITS World Congress 2021 and focuses on solutions for urban mobility and logistics.

DPD, GLS and Hermes

At present, Germany’s only multi-label parcel shop offers customers a single point of contact for sending, receiving and returning parcels via several competing providers including DPD, GLS and Hermes. CCB is not an automated packing point and staff is on hand. The meeting point is managed by the CCB and financed by the Deutsche Immobilien-Gruppe (DI Group). “This places the CCB even more firmly in the centre of the district as a marketplace that can satisfy almost all the needs of Bergedorf residents,” said Benedikt Jagdfeld, owner of the DI Group, which manages the CCB.

Intelligent coexistence, mobility and consumption

The offer has been expanded after a successful one-year test phase. At present, around 1,500 parcels per month up from a mere few hundred deliveries at first. The initial, provisional handling point has been converted into a separate shop at a highly frequented location to make the free service better known and more convenient. The new approach is supported by “mySMARTLife”. The EU project supports digital solutions as well as analogue strategies for intelligent coexistence, mobility, production and consumption and Hamburg’s Bergedorf district serves as a laboratory for innovative solutions.

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