Fiege and PostModern trial innovative model for late-night parcel delivery

Pilot is part of the EU-funded NexTrust project

Dresden, 9th March 2017. Fiege Logistik Group is trialling an innovative service for the late-night delivery of parcels in co-operation with the mail service provider, PostModern. What makes it so special: The parcels are delivered by independent drivers who have access to vehicles from different enterprises operating in industry, commerce and service sectors.

The pilot is part of the EU-funded NexTrust project that aims to create more sustainable, efficient logistics. It is boosted by a consortium of around 30 European companies partnering with scientific advisors on new concepts for partial areas within logistics. Fiege focuses on e-commerce innovations. The goal is to handle the dramatically growing volume of parcel shipments which are a result of booming online trade, in a sustainable manner.

IT platform developed by Fiege to organise eCommerce logistics

“Parcel services continue to add resources to their fleets and staff”, says Bernd Rademann, CEO Media + Mail at Fiege. In addition, the trend towards same-day delivery results in a rise in the number of direct deliveries. Inner-city traffic gridlocks are pre-programmed. Fiege is counting on a model where shipments are consolidated and delivered using already available resources. “It is our experience that many vehicles are on the road for less than eight hours a day”, says Rademann. Axel Niessner, project manager for NexTrust at Fiege, adds: “At the same time, fleet operators have a tremendous interest in using their vehicles to the maximum possible capacity and to make money doing so.” Fiege and PostModern want to draw on this aspect in Dresden with the pilot which started at the end of January.

The heart of the project is an IT platform developed by Fiege to organise eCommerce logistics. Fleet operators transmit vacant capacities to the system. The IT platform links the vehicle with an optimised tour and offers this to the drivers. Deliveries are to be made between 6 pm and 11 pm. The recipients are pro-actively informed as soon as the delivery driver is on his way. Fiege managed to win over first trial customers from the fashion segment for the pilot.

About the
FIEGE Group

The Fiege Group, headquartered in Greven/Germany, is one of Europe’s leading logistics providers. Its competence lies particularly in the development and realisation of integrated supply chain systems, and it is considered a pioneer of contract logistics. In 2016, the Group generated a turnover of Euro 1.45 billion world-wide with a workforce of 12,338. 178 locations and co-operations based in 15 countries form a dense supply-chain network. 2.8 million square metres of warehouse and logistics space vouch for the company’s efficiency.