Two North East firms team up to transform last mile logistics

Two Newcastle companies have joined forces in a partnership which aims to shake-up ‘last-mile’ logistics. The ‘last mile’ is defined as the movement of goods from a transport hub to their final destination, and is usually done using vans, which can make the delivery of goods to homes and businesses expensive, inefficient and carbon intensive. However, Heaton based mico vehicle company if.Vehicles and tech firm The Algorithm People, based at City Quadrant in Newcastle, have signed a partnership agreement to work together to reduce costs and carbon emissions from last-mile logistics.

The Algorithm People has developed tech that helps haulage and logistics companies plan their routes more effectively. Meanwhile, if.Vehicles is the developer of the world’s only dismountable and transformable micro vehicles and technology – with platforms that can be driven on roads as light quadricycles, pushed and pulled on pavements as a power-assisted trolley, and then can be folded and stowed away when not being used. By bringing their technologies together, the two businesses aim to make switching to more efficient last-mile deliveries affordable and easy.

The if.Micro is stackable and fits in a standard van

In particular, they will enable mobile transient hubs – a new logistics solution where vans or light trucks become mobile hubs, meeting much smaller, electric vehicles on their routes to hand over parcels and goods for delivery.

Also, if.Vehicles will become a reseller of The Algorithm People’s route optimisation platform, My Transport Planner, and the two will collaborate on future R&D. Colin Ferguson, chief executive officer of The Algorithm People, said: “Our partnership with if.Vehicles will enable couriers, logistics operators and home delivery companies to transition to mobile transient hubs.

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Our specialist team of business writers will bring you stories from a range of sectors, reporting on companies large and small. “This will significantly reduce emissions from the last mile, while ensuring it remains affordable and convenient for customers.” Bill Clare, CEO of if.Vehicles, added: “As consumers and businesses increasingly shift to online shopping, reducing emissions from last-mile logistics is going to be even more critical to the UK meeting its climate change goals.

“Working with The Algorithm People we can offer the complete package for the last-mile that not only reduces emissions but increases capacity of the whole fleet – innovative, battery-powered vehicles, novel fleet integration methods and the software to optimise their use.”