Last-mile logistics is both a source and cause of problems in urban areas, especially problems related to traffic congestion, unsustainable delivery modes, and limited parking availability. In this context, multiple sustainable logistics solutions have been proposed. One of them is micro-depots (MDs), which can function as a consolidation center and a collection-and-delivery point. During the EIT Urban Mobility-funded project S.M.U.D. (Shared Micro-depots for Urban pickup and Delivery), the concept of a shared MD network with parcel lockers was developed. Such networks enable multiple logistics service providers (LSPs) and/or business partners to use an MD while minimizing their individual costs and optimizing the use of urban space. We present case studies of such shared MD networks operating in the cities of Helsinki (FI) and Helmond (NL). We provide a framework for auxiliary businesses that can exploit the existing MD structure to offer services to the surrounding population. The case studies highlight the complexity of implementing such a solution; it requires stakeholders’ involvement and collaboration. We modeled the distance traveled using the shared MD network with different distribution policies, with or without an urban consolidation center located in the suburban area, and compared the results of the cities involved in the project with the traditional modus operandi. Our results show that cargo bikes can perform most of the distance traveled in the system, reaching up to 80% of the total. The implementation of this network also can reduce suburban distance traveled by 60%.
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