FIXED CITY HUB PROBLEM
The city hub is a concept in which the final distribution by large vehicles is cut into urban distribution centers, from which sustainable and effective last-mile services can be performed by small vehicles such as an ebike, scooter, trailer, van and robot.
However, if the hub is a fixed structure with e.g. docks, they are difficult to keep optimal; 'always of wrong size and in the wrong place'. Also, some city administrators are against fixed hub constructions.
CITY HUB SWARM
The CONTAI immaterial hub concept is developed to solve these issues cost-effective and agile way: The CONTAI ground-level hub scales, multiplies and relocates quickly on demand basis. City events, citizen behavior, BigData, and AI steer hub swarm placement and size. A ground-level hub is possible if the load units can be loaded and unloaded directly at ground and street level, such as with the CONTAI anyvehicle Loaders and LoadCarriers.
The ability to independently operate at ground level also brings a great opportunity to un|load cargo in random locations without restrictions of docks or forklifts. Wheeled units can make the last-foot leg when last-mile is not enough.
Operators have zero investments and they (actually we!) only pay for use.
SUPPLY CHAIN AUTOMATION
Efforts to minimize city hub facilities and costs also implies the fact (regardless of the type of hub), that sorting and consolidation should already be done in the terminals, factories and ecommerce grocery storage upstream in the supply chain, where it has better automation readiness and as many shipments and mobile lockers as possible are brought encapsulated for spreading out from the city hubs.
Such an immaterial city hub can take place on curbside, in the parking lot of the market, parking areas and halls, event exit, small and bigger, adaptive way.
What do you think, could city logistics developing framework be more than just redesigning of muscle vehicles and individual routing?