Supply chain management and transportation planning is changing! The pandemic accelerated the changing face of urban logistics with a significant increase in goods being delivered to both businesses and consumers in city centres.
Supply chain management and transportation planning is changing! The pandemic accelerated the changing face of urban logistics with a significant increase in goods being delivered to both businesses and consumers in city centres. This created a significant challenge for logistics companies with the additional complexity of low emission zones and the focus on more electric and non-motorised vehicles.
Logistic companies have three major obstacles to create a smooth last mile logistics service which are available city centre space, cost of real estate and the perfect location. Initially the concept of repurposing retail space looked attractive, but the combination of expensive real estate and the lack of parking space often made this option unworkable.
Understanding this challenge, Q-Park created a sustainable urban mobility plan which helps solve the challenge. Q-Park have over 70 locations in the UK and Ireland all located in key city centre locations. Today, Q-Park have extensive experience of working with Logistics businesses to set up Last Mile Delivery Centres within newly created Mobility Hubs and are at the forefront of the European Parking industry in this field. The objective is to develop parking facilities into vital instruments to help realise urban accessibility, sustainability and liveability. In addition to car parking and last mile delivery solutions Q-Park also provide access for shared mobility schemes, rapid electric vehicle charging and retail space all within their safe and secure facilities.
The advantage of operating from a Q-Park Mobility Hub for Logistics businesses is not only the convenience of being located within the heart of our cities but also the eco-system of services. Last mile logistics deliveries are often completed with electric fleets and the ability for our partners to utilise the DC charging hubs within the same location is invaluable. Access into the Mobility Hubs for tenants is facilitated by using Q-Park’s innovative state of the art PaSS (Parking as a Smart Service) system which includes Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) System. This system provides a seamless access without the need of physical cards or parking tickets.
Q-Park have worked with many different logistics businesses, both large and small, across Europe who now operate from their mobility hubs. In the UK and Ireland, Q-Park work with DPD, ByBox and Infinium Logistics who all operate within Q-Park Mobility Hubs.
Sustainable Urban Mobility is at the heart of the Q-Park business and is possible to replicate in every city in the UK where they operate. The Mobility Hub allows logistics businesses to solve a operational problem which supports the reduction of congestion and supports the government regulations created to cut pollution and congestion in city centres.
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Q-Park is notable for its quality approach and has a portfolio comprising over 3,300 parking facilities with more than 640,000 parking spaces in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Great Britain, France, Ireland and Denmark.