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DPD, TNO partner to accelerate innovation in logistics sector

LBR Staff Writer Published 28 May 2018

Parcel service provider DPD has joined forces with The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) to speed up innovation in logistics sector.

The partnership will focus on innovation relating to vehicles, data analytics robotics and automation will develop projects based on a joint innovation agenda, within which experiments can be conducted.

DPD Netherlands CEO Eric Dietz said: “"As a result of the growth of e-commerce and the demand for deliveries, the parcel delivery market is increasingly taking shape. This has an impact on society and on the environment. Think of emission gases in densely populated cities.

“This requires innovative solutions and an application of new technology. It also requires innovation in the sector and to accelerate this we are looking for ways both inside and outside our organisation.”

The first of the concrete projects to be carried out by DPD and TNO is the SOLiD project with an objective of creating a self-organizing parcel delivery system.

For this project, the duo is collaborating with different municipalities and four universities on research and experiments. This collaboration will strive to further develop the parcel delivery system in a self-organizing manner.

Another key issue on the innovation agenda of DPD and TNO is sustainability. The parties are carrying out feasibility research into zero emission parcel delivery in Rotterdam, the Netherlands among others.

TNO logistics & smart cities mobility director Paul van den Avoort said: "This partnership is shortening the time to market for innovations. We are able to test accelerated innovations in practice and then develop and implement them in one fell swoop by a competent market leader like DPD.

“In doing so we learn and adjust. It is especially important to start, so that the market can continue to fulfil the wishes of the consumer in a responsible manner.”

Earlier, this month, DPD introduced a new service in the Netherlands, known as ParcelLetter that delivers parcels, letters and other items via the letter box. ParcelLetter does not require a signature of recipient unlike other DPD delivery services.