Smart UMH: Smart urban multihub concept: Sustainable and liveable cities with low logistics visibility
At a glance
- Project leader : Prof. Dr. Maike Scherrer
- Deputy of project leader : Albert Steiner
- Project team : Stephan Bütikofer, Patrick Doege, Raffael Golomingi, Marius Huber, Viola Rühlin, Prof. Dr. René Schumann, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Stölze, Andreas Weiler, Joel Niklas Weingart, Leon Zacharias
- Project status : ongoing
- Funding partner : Innosuisse
- Project partner : IKEA, H&M, Zalando, Cargo sous terrain AG, Quickpac AG, MS Direct, Swisslog AG, Stadt Zürich / Tiefbauamt, Kanton Zürich / Amt für Mobilität , Universität St. Gallen, Haute école spécialisée de Suisse occidentale HES-SO
- Contact person : Maike Scherrer
Cities suffer from too much traffic, leading to congestion, air and noise pollution. Increased e-commerce popularity intensifies these challenges further. The Covid crisis has proven that our urban logistics systems are neither reliable, resilient, nor sustainable. Our objective is to develop a future urban logistics concept that is sustainable, resilient, city-friendly, and that reduces the increasing freight traffic in cities, focussing on parcel and other goods deliveries and returns, while increasing the quality of life for city residents.
We introduce a coopetitive approach, where competitors naturally cooperate in a smart urban multihub (UMH) and deliver in a white-label approach to decoupling points between customers and suppliers. This increases logistics efficiency through bundling activities, while leading to reduced costs, reduced vehicle-kilometres driven and CO2 emission savings, and increased social sustainability through higher de-gree of liveability in cities.