Last mile delivery is not only the most expensive part of the entire logistics chain, but unfortunately it also produces the most emissions. Standing traffic in clogged city streets thus negatively affects the environment. Due to the increasing number of parcel deliveries, carbon dioxide is expected to increase by up to 32 percent in densely populated areas by 2030. We at DODO are aware of this and try to minimize the negative impact we have on our surroundings.: For us, the topic of sustainability is not just a buzzword, but we actually apply this approach in everything we do. In practice, this translates into the 3 E’s on which our company is based.
We strive for maximum efficiency so that the vehicles run at maximum capacity and do not unnecessarily burden traffic and the environment.
Thanks to agile scaling, logistics capacities adapt flexibly to any conditions.
The innovation of the logistics model mitigates its negative environmental impacts.
To minimise the impact of last-mile logistics on urban traffic and the environment, we pride ourselves on maximum efficiency. If there are cars on the streets that are not fully utilised, unnecessarily more of them have to be in operation, which has a negative impact on the traffic situation in cities and also, unfortunately, pollutes the environment. As we wrote above, last-mile logistics are expected to be responsible for up to 32% of the CO2 increase in densely populated areas by 2030. And it is this negative impact that we at DODO are working to minimize.
One of the ways in which we minimise these negative impacts is by trying to maximise the capacity of our vehicles. Each segment peaks at a different hour. People order groceries, restaurant food or consumer electronics, for example, at different times. For this reason, it is common for transport companies’ cars to run half-empty. In contrast, our system can balance these individual peaks and merge the different segments into a single route. As a result, fewer cars are in service that would negatively impact the environment or urban traffic.
Zone logistics helps us to be as efficient as possible. Our advanced GAIA system using artificial intelligence can predict the demand of individual segments based on data. The moment a vehicle goes on its route, the system knows where the destination points are where it will deliver the shipment. However, the system will assess potential locations along the route where the driver could pick up the next delivery. For example, we know that there are shops along the route that send most of their shipments between 2pm and 5pm. So our system will automatically offer a discount to the shops at 10am-12pm, when we need to maximize the capacity of the car. This way, the e-shop can offer its customers a better delivery price at certain times. This practically changes the rules of the game in last mile logistics. We don’t wait for demand, we actively create it.
Our next pillar is the flexible approach to transport. In addition to our own fleet of vehicles, we also use our franchise partners and third-party transport. This enables us to respond very flexibly to changing demand almost instantaneously.
By combining maximum efficiency and transport flexibility, we are environmentally friendly and respectful of urban transport. We never have more cars on the streets than absolutely necessary.
We strive to be as considerate as possible to our surroundings, so 90% of our vehicles run on CNG. According to recent studies, CNG vehicles have a positive effect on reducing nitrogen oxides (NOX) and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Based on the latest research, CNG cars can reduce NOX emissions by more than 90% compared to diesel cars (source: mpo.cz). Our goal is to be carbon neutral by 2025. In addition to CNG vehicles, we also use electric vehicles. In addition to cars, we also deliver on bicycles or electric scooters.