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  1. Autonomous robot trialled for last-mile deliveries in Helsinki

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    Electric parcel delivery robot will do the rounds for 1 month

    Source: TheMayor.eu and Forum Virium Helsinki

    Facing a growing population and increasing logistics challenges, the City of Helsinki has opted for a truly modern solution. The people of Jätkäsaari district will enjoy the opportunity to collect their packages from an autonomous and environmentally-friendly electric delivery robot, as part of a trial scheme lasting from November 2 to December 10 2021.

    The city has an innovation company called Forum Virium Helsinki, which has teamed up with the start-up LMAD, GIM Robotics, and DB Schenker, to find out how an autonomous delivery robot can facilitate improvements to urban logistics. It is specifically the area of last-mile delivery which presents the most challenges, and opportunities.

    As for the practical delivery of the service, customers simply select DB Schenker and the LMAD robot when placing an order. Much like any other courier service, they will receive a link for setting their delivery preferences, and at this point they choose their preferred time and location from a set route. When the robot arrives at that spot, it sends a code to the recipient, who can then unlock and collect the package.

    Antti Jarva, who is in charge of DB Schenker’s package business in Finland said, “DB Schenker is actively involved in the innovation of the logistics industry. In Finland, we have developed package pick-up points in particular to facilitate smooth flows of goods to various residential environments. We study the use of delivery robots as one pick-up point solution for densely populated urban areas”.

    LMAD is the company who operates the robot. Co-founder and Product Lead Gergely Horváth said, “For us, this is an excellent opportunity to test an autonomous delivery service with the residents of Jätkäsaari. We want to learn how our solution brings additional value to both residents and our partner, DB Schenker. Our aim is to offer a service that is a convenient, flexible and environmentally friendly option while simultaneously reducing logistics costs”.

    During the pilot, the robot is accompanied by an operator who ensures safe and smooth execution. Moving at walking speed, it employs sophisticated sensors and lidar technology, to observe and react to its surroundings, and stop for any obstacles.

    Photo credit: Forum Virium Helsinki
  2. Eskuta leading the way in UK home food delivery

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    As reported in Business Ready, a business support service from Warwick City Council, LEVA-EU member Eskuta has become the UK’s market-leading e-cargo vehicle manufacturer and supplier. The company, which manufactures electrically assisted pedal cycles (EAPCs), and e-scooters, has secured lucrative delivery contracts with companies such as Domino’s and Just Eat.

    Thanks in part to support from the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020, Eskuta has been able to expand and increase capacity with a second unit at their Warwicksire location. With 14 staff on board and 2,500 orders on the books last year, the company expects numbers to continue to grow.

    Eskuta’s range has proven to be particularly attractive to the fast-food delivery sector, and the brand is now supplying electric bikes for delivery services for big name convenience store company, Booker. Other high profile partnerships include an agreement to sell Eskuta products through 24 Apple stores in the UK and Ireland, and the exploration of international opportunities with distributor deals signed in Dubai, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

    The company has been going from strength to strength, especially following initial support from University of Warwick Science Park’s Business Ready programme, a fully funded programme that delivers customised support to tech-based organisations looking to grow and scale.

    Eskuta’s Managing Director Ian O’Connor said, “I started the business after becoming disillusioned with the fashion industry and discovered e-bikes and e-scooters when I was over in China and believed there was the potential for a business here…It’s been hard work to get to where we are today…and Business Ready have been a huge help.

    We’re growing and the possibilities of where we can go next are huge. We’re now the market leader for e-cargo vehicles, working with the likes of Just Eat, Domino’s, Papa Johns, Subway and Dixy Chicken.

    Grocery deliveries is another area of the market with huge potential, then there’s international and the consumer market too. We believe this has the potential to be a real success story for the area.”

    And Cllr Kam Kaur, portfolio holder for economy and place at Warwickshire County Council which runs the business centres, added: “One of the many benefits for companies based in our buildings is that they are at the heart of a fantastically well-connected community…

    As the Transforming Nuneaton programme gathers pace, I’m delighted to hear of businesses in that area prospering. Offering high-quality employment opportunities in the area is key to the programme and I hope that Eskuta’s is just one of many success stories in the area in the months to come.”

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