Ground Breaking Progress in the Automated Parcel Delivery Terminals Market: Environmental friendly Approach might help Reducing Traffic from E-Commerce Sector

Posted On April 28, 2021     

Through the years, e-commerce has become much efficient in its ways due to the development of technology. Innovations have helped it to be more user-friendly and effective in its delivery. However, there is still much needs to be done when it comes to the “last mile” of e-commerce, i.e., delivering the goods at the houses of consumers who ordered them.

Recently, a novel concept of collecting parcels has been proposed by researchers. It has been modeled and thoroughly evaluated by the team in the chase to produce a system that reduces carbon emissions. This is groundbreaking progress in the Automated Parcel Delivery Terminals Market as the approach of smart mobile boxes would be able to reduce traffic from the e-commerce sector. Moreover, it would also help in providing better convenience to the customers.

The objective behind this project was to diminish the total mileage generated by e-commerce on its own. As a consequence, the environmental impact and congestion in traffic caused by this industry would reduce. Researchers stated that through this method, the box would be so close to the consumer’s house that the car would not be termed as a viable option for retrieving it.

The concept is referred to as “Smart Mobility.” It involves a box made up of compartments in which items can be easily stored. The box is then filled in a dept and driven to a place through a special electrified vehicle. For instance, a certain car park where customers can pick up their items at a certain pre-specified time, from a compartment present there, using a code. After completion, the box can be driven back to the dept in order to be filled again. The unit can also be furnished with sensors that inform one about how many boxes have been picked up.

This concept might prove to be quite promising, with boxes being mobile and standing outdoors. It is also beneficial for customers as they do not have to be at home as per delivery timings. In addition, the adoption of this approach also does not require much space.

To prove this, researchers undertook a study to check the feasibility of Smart Mobility. They analyzed different concepts and service networks and developed a simulation model that can be used for analyzing different scenarios of delivery. For modeling purposes, a neighborhood in Malmö was taken. The city neighborhood is spread in a 190-hectare area and has approx 10,000 inhabitants. As an example, the delivery of 500 packages daily was taken as a scenario. The boxes were out for 24 hours between eight units present in the neighborhood.

The team compared the kilometers that were needed to get the boxes towards their desired locations. The statistics were then compared with the journeys' distance to the existing two delivery points present in any given area inside the neighborhood. They concluded that the traffic diminished with the box concept, and the reduction of consumers’ mileage compensated for the increased mileage that is a beard for the vehicle responsible for driving the boxes.

The key variable noted in the result was the time consumers took to empty the box and the distance between the box and consumers. If the compartment is more than 500 meters away, then some consumers might opt for a car.

For the future, researchers desire to undertake the study further so that a more comprehensive picture can be analyzed and they can better their developed concept even more. The Smart Mobility approach is the start of something new that would benefit consumers as well as society at large due to its environmental impact.

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