Five delivery giants test micro-depots in Berlin

UPS and European delivery major players, DHL, DPD, GLS and Hermes have got together to test a parcel delivery model in Berlin where they will share micro-depots and operate e-bikes on delivery services out of them.

A report in German media suggests that the ‘Komodo’ project is set to be operational in June.

According to the report, the delivery companies will work with the Berlin Port and Warehouse Company (Behala), local authorities and the Logistic Network Consultants (LNC). Funding for the joint project comes from the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety within the framework of the National Climate Initiative.

“Micro-depots create a new atmosphere in our neighbourhoods,” Regine Günther, Berlin’s Senator for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection was quoted as saying. Günther added that cargo bikes are “clean, safe, quiet and climate-friendly”, making them “ideal” for last mile deliveries in cities.