The Logistics Point Kerbside management to free roads and money
Logistics companies know how to adapt and
deliver good quality service. With the increase of ecommerce, executing deliveries
has become a major problem for many, as often customers are not at home and
deliveries need to be made more than once. times as this provides a number of societal
What adds to the challenge is the lack of parking and the increase in penalty for
drivers. Neil Herron, founder and CEO of Grid Smarter Cities, believes logistics
providers should be offered a solution.
The current system of controlling parking and the movement of commercial vehicles
around cities appears to be unfair, and unnecessary penalises logistics providers
without giving them an appropriate alternative. Firstly, firms will be able to save money on fines and feel supported by the local
benefits and helps local councils,’ says Herron.
By giving an alternative method for making
deliveries, there are many obvious positives.
Firms are forced to break the rules as
Secondly, local authorities will see a reduction in traffic and improved flow as
vehicles are able to access multiple addresses more effectively.
they do not have a way of executing
their deliveries that fulfil both the business objectives and the community.
‘We need to look at ways to identify opportunities to make deliveries at off peak Finally, and maybe most importantly
communities will see improvement in overall air quality and congestion, resulting in less ...
fatalities related to ambient air pollution.
‘The Curbside needs to be better managed,’ says Herron. Companies need to be at a
certain location at a certain time, while authorities still maintain control and
oversight over the whole process.
Existing approaches do not take advantage of digital solutions that
could be deployed to orchestrate the
movement of vehicles;
Operators benefit by reducing the chances
of receiving parking tickets and authorities receive a clearer picture on what is
happening on the road network.
The company, led by Herron, has worked with both companies and authorities to
repurpose stretches of curbside and make them more accessible for businesses. …
The initial Alpha version of the platform was trialled by DPD in partnership with
Sunderland CIty Council.
The company had to optimise a very congested area and create a window where
vehicles easily perform loading and unloading.
The trial was successful, loading capacity
was increased without affecting traffic flow. →
Additionally, the firm has worked with
extensions to the time commercial vehicles can park at certain locations.
By doing so they limit congestion and allow
couriers and other companies to focus on deliveries rather than the prospect of a fine if
they stayed in a zone for longer than allowed. Herron says that they need better
management of parking provision. A way to do that is by creating a comprehensive plan
which incorporates virtual loading bays.
According to Herron this would help firms obtain permission for construction projects
as they present a considered plan of how and where vehicles will move, to minimise
the negative impact to the local area.
‘What is needed is a plan where you know where vehicles are held and for
Many city centres have multiple
development projects and see heavy construction traffic. The firm addresses unplanned arrivals as
well, where vehicles can either be accepted on site or be moved to a holding area. The
system allows authorities to move from monitoring road infrastructure to managing
movements and dealing with problems.
It does not require any physical infrastructure and can integrate with the
telematics of the vehicle or a smartphone. ✶
Neil Herron, CEO and Founder of Grid Smarter Cities, is responsible for 16 patents. He has led the company the London Stock Exchange’s Elite programme, been a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Smart Cities, and recently secured Grid’s position on Telefonica’s Wayra Mobility Programme and has worked with national freight bodies such as FTA and RHA and helped influence national parking policies. He has recently been appointed a Department for International Trade Export Ambassador and is working on Grid’s Series A funding round.