Green Crowdshipping through the mass transit network


The Oslo value case focuses on a green crowdshipping system considering the use of the mass transit network along the supply chain. Since most of crowdshipping initiatives rely on dedicated trips performed using private motorized vehicles, this type of solution is not always capable, per se, of reducing congestion and polluting emissions. To mitigate these types of problems we focus primarily on non-dedicated trips. However, since this is not always easy or possible to ensure, the value case will also consider and promote the use of public transport, non-motorized and electric vehicles for dedicated trips. It concentrates on B2C, the largest and fastest growing segment, which represents the core problem e-commerce poses to modern cities. The value case will also subdivide the analysis of this segment adopting two complementary perspectives linked to different sender types: a) regular on-line channels/operators, b) brick and mortar shops trying to enter the online segment. In both cases, the focus is on same-day deliveries even though we consider less stringent time windows as well. The value case will target the home-delivery market representing from a consumer’s perspective the most preferred service-type. Today’s home deliveries are often serviced during regular office hours. This causes potentially a high number of missed deliveries that have a negative impact both from a financial as well as environmental perspective. This clarifies the potential of the flexible service envisaged which will make use of a pre-determined sequence of operators, namely: commuters, Nimber community members and regular logistic operators. The sequence describes the trade-offs between costs and reliability issues. The value case will consider, at least, two locations: Oslo Central Station (end point of TEN-T corridor 1) and Økern Metro Station (next to the Pådriv initiative, https://paadriv.no/, which we plan to cooperate with, also for the involvement of the appropriate stakeholders to develop a well-organized and focused LL).


LEAD Strategies to be explored

  • Crowdshipping
  • Lockers or Nano stores/retail chains as agile/temporary urban freight storage options for exchanging goods between agents
  • Non-motorised or electric vehicles (e.g. bicycles, cargo bikes, cars, vans, metro, kick-scooters)
  • Demand-supply matching platform



The LL will explore:

  1. Business models financially viable and beneficial from a social/environmental perspective.
  2. Senders’/Bringers’/Receivers’ preferences for alternative delivery services.
  3. The interplay between demand and relevant supply design of crowdshipping services.
  4. The role for parcel lockers to enhance bringers pick up/drop off flexibility.
  5. The economic, financial, and environmental potential for a green crowdshipping service