If you’ve ever found yourself in a new city, then you know that getting from point A to point B through labyrinthine streets of staggering complexity, can be a pretty difficult task. Although sustainable businesses practices are almost exponentially increasing in popularity, linking these like-minded but spatially separated ventures often seems like a similarly difficult talk. FOODLOGICA is an innovative startup developed by CITIES Foundation to traverse the complex urban web to connect businesses through a safe, quick and sustainable last-mile food logistics service. Operating in the city of Amsterdam, FOODLOGICA’s fleet of e-trikes links local and consciously minded food producers, consumers, and businesses to one another.
The ingenuity of CITIES’ latest enterprise comes in the form of portable transportation hubs able to be deployed and re-deployed in the most optimal locations throughout the city, effortlessly cutting delivery times. Being fully adaptable and flexible guarantees the fresh delivery of food throughout the city. Thus, FOODLOGICA is a striking example of what a truly modular, scalable and emission-free logistics service can offer. FOODLOGICA seeks to develop new standards of urban consumption through the creation of a strong network of partnerships with like-minded and sustainability conscious businesses. With its deliveries as sustainable brands, the enterprise promotes, empowers, and strengthens relationships between these local ventures throughout the city; from cafes and chefs, to web-shops and restaurants.
Every part of the operation is inherently designed to maximize sustainability. FOODLOGICA’s entire arsenal; from its E(lectric)-trikes, to its transportation hubs, are sustainably sourced from the Netherlands and Germany. As for the transportation hubs themselves, they have been renovated from old shipping containers and have been designed to harness solar energy, providing an off-grid renewable source of power for the fleet of E-trikes.
“WHILE THE “LAST MILE” PROBABLY REPRESENTS THE GREATEST CHALLENGE FOR GLOBAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, IT ALSO REPRESENTS A SIGNIFICANT OPPORTUNITY FOR INNOVATORS TO COME TOGETHER ACROSS SECTORS AND ACROSS BORDERS. AND IF EXECUTED CORRECTLY, THE IMPACT COULD BE UNPRECEDENTED” -FORBES
You may be asking what ‘last-mile’ logistics are, what significance they have to the daily flow of life, and what difference they make to sustainability. The ‘last-mile’, as the name suggests, is the transportation of good from a delivery hub to their final destination, wherever that may be. Traditional last-mile food logistics, using standard fossil-fuel burning vans, not only contribute vast quantities of CO2 into the atmosphere (20% of annual CO2 emissions are caused by transportation logistics), but the army of logistics vehicles also substantially add to the already saturated road network – and of course, no-one likes being stuck in traffic. In Amsterdam alone, congestion costs an estimated €2Bn each year. FOODLOGICA’s E-trikes are potential to dramatically alleviate intercity congestion and emissions. In further comparison, using E-trikes for last-mile logistics are twice as fast, less expensive and more environmentally – what’s not to love?! FOODLOGICA provides the all too often missing link for a fully localized and sustainable food chain – while also cutting inner-city congestion.
After already winning awards for its innovative and sustainable business model, FOODLOGICA has recently announced their strategy to further expand. They are aiming to introduce their innovative energy-generating transportation hubs in three strategic locations within Amsterdam, extending its fleet to 18 emission-free vehicles. With these three hubs alone, over 132,000Kgs of CO2 can be prevented from entering the atmosphere each year. CITIES Foundation is fundamentally committed to the triple bottom line, striving for social sustainability, not just environment. Therefore, FOODLOGICA is looking to employ 1/3 of its labor-force from work integration programs, translating these environmental benefits also societal prosperity.
Article originally published here, edited by Ieva Punyte & Max Russell