Exploring logistics in Edinburgh

13 January 2020 - Published by Deirdre Buist
In collaboration with ZEDIFY Logistics, SEStran and Edinburgh Napier University continue their meaningful action research on sustainable logistics.

While Napier University TRI’s researcher Dr Jonathan Cowie has recently produced a robust report on the development of a business model framework and case studies for each of the five regional pilots, Charlie Mulholland, Managing Director of Zedify Glasgow/Edinburgh continues to tackle the practicalities of cycle logistics in different urban contexts.


Keith Fisken, the project’s manager at SEStran explains: “The pilot logistic hub in the Haymarket area of central Edinburgh allows us to explore different commercial approaches to logistics in a crowded urban environment like Edinburgh. We re-mode deliveries typically made by diesel van or truck and we consolidate making the whole process far more efficient.” The triple-helix methodology is providing valuable insights into future approaches to sustainable city logistics by investigating:

  •  The establishment of commercial operations through bottom-up rather than top-down approaches.
  • The importance of key partnerships, both public-private and private-private.

  • The need to increase public awareness.

  • The importance of validating the concept of the last sustainable mile in order to increase commercial confidence.


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