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News article1 December 20231 min read

Finding the Right Space for Urban Logistics: a Framework for Open Parcel Locker Systems

The ULaaDS project brings together 24 partners including city authorities, research institutions, industry and logistics stakeholders, associations, and networks to support the deployment of novel, feasible, shared, and zero-emission logistic solutions across a three-year period.

ULaaDS offers a new approach to system innovation in urban logistics. Through the re-localisation of logistics activities and the re-configuration of freight flows at different scales, the project aims to develop sustainable and liveable cities, allowing people and local businesses to easily use alternative modes of shopping and delivery.

As urban spaces evolve, integrating parcel lockers has become crucial, especially with the booming e-commerce sector.

A new publication from the ULaaDS initiative, developed by Bax & Company, with valuable insights from Gemeente Groningen, and the University of Groningen, addresses the rapid expansion of these services and their impact on urban life and public spaces.

Key highlights of the extensive development process include:

  • Interdepartmental collaboration;
  • Stakeholder engagement through the ULaaDS project
  • Academic research
  • International benchmarking
  • Strategic spatial analysis

This innovative framework offers valuable insights for cities aiming to manage urban logistics challenges while prioritising community needs and sustainability. Discover how this approach can guide urban planning strategies.



Publication date
1 December 2023
  • Urban freight/city logistics
  • Europe-wide