Plenty of Potential - a New Approach to Bundling General Cargo Transports

31.03.2021 | Hannover/Berlin: In the summer of 2020, a consortium from Berlin and Brandenburg commissions a study on business development between the Großbeeren freight village and the nearby Motzener Straße urban industrial and commercial zone. In one of the first inter-municipal projects of the Joint State Planning (GL), LNC LogisticNetwork Consultants GmbH and LaLog LandLogistik GmbH are engaged, extracting exciting findings and develop two forward-looking concept ideas.

As the crow flies, only six kilometers separate the two locations. But in reality, there is a state border in between that still shows the historic scars of German division and a transport infrastructure that has grown under the influence of it, with restrictions for today's commercial traffic. How can delivery transports between the locations Großbeeren (Brandenburg) and the industrial park Motzener Straße (southern Berlin) be optimized?

In order to answer this key question, LNC and LaLog are for the first time conducting extensive surveys of the companies located in Berlin's southernmost industrial area and in the most successful eastern German freight village (GVZ). About 22% of the general cargo traffic of the industrial and commercial area Motzener Straße is handled directly via the nearby GVZ. Although more than 70% of manufacturing companies say they receive deliveries and ship goods several times a day, more than 40% of the companies surveyed report that they do not receive any goods via the flagship logistics location on the Brandenburg side. Some companies also don't even know exactly how the supply chains work in practice.

This is a surprising result only at first glance, because for various logistics service providers involved, the freight traffic center is only one HUB in the region. This means that transports via the Motzener Strasse industrial park may have a different starting or end point because the logistics partners involved operate several sites.

However, the project team can demonstrate that with more than 900 pallets being received and dispatched daily, the economic basis for establishing a general cargo HUB at the Großbeeren site is available. Accordingly, the relation offers a lot of optimization potential, which can even serve as a model for other locations.

As a recommendation, LNC and LaLog are developing a multi-stage implementation concept for a "general cargo shuttle" with an ecologically effective drive system in short-haul traffic, which can not only bundle and reduce transports, but at the same time have positive effects on pollutant quantities and acceptance by residents.

In addition, the survey reveals a need for action in the courier, express and parcel services (CEP) sector. Many delivery vehicles in and around the business park cause a high volume of traffic. This can be remedied by a micro HUB that, in an expansion stage, not only bundles CEP traffic and relieves delivery routes through the use of environmentally friendly cargo bikes, but also benefits businesses and residents alike and can even integrate other value-added services that benefit companies, their employees and logistics service providers alike.

Conclusion of the feasibility study: There is great potential to develop the relationship between the two sites. With the present implementation proposals, the project sponsors can take the next step. Interest in and support for the projects has also been aroused on the part of business representatives.

Mark Renner
Phone.: 030 58 58 4 58 14

Graphic: © LaLoG LandLogistik GmbH / LNC GmbH
Author: Mark Renner