As we predicted last year, Cycle Freight Logistics can benefit from standardised package sizes, to optimise modal transfer.
Francisco Luciano reports that DHL in the Netherlands, uses special containers to expedite the transshipment from lorry to bike.
Here is how it works:
- A specially designed 80x120x100 [EuroPallet sizes] container is loaded with parcels in a DHL Express terminal in Amersfoort, 25 km away from Almere, then loaded with forklift into a regular DHL Express van, together with other parcels.
- At a consolidation facility in the centre of Almere, the driver single-handedly rolls the container from the van onto a flatbed quad using a special ramp.
- The cargo-bike driver distributes the parcels in the city centre. The Armadillo’s outer width of 86cm allows it to use cycle paths
- efficient integration of cycle logistics into DHL delivery chain
- more parcels per hour
- less errors due to closed box
- better ergonomy : no more sore back from deliveries
Here are the characteristics of the Armadillo:
- Designed by Velove (Sweden) with Flevobike (NL)
- Can carry a payload of up to 150 kg but remains nimble, with a tight turning circle.
- A combination of Rohloff speedhub and a 250W pedal-assist electrical mid-drive offers the bike the power and torque it needs to mule heavy loads up steep hillsides.
- Narrower than many freight trikes, it allows drivers to overtake other cyclists on paths and easily find parking spots
- A double-wishbone suspension permits riders to drive over unequal areas at full throttle without stressing the frame nor damaging the payload within
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