Ford trials multi-modal delivery to reduce congestion

Ford is trialling a new “warehouse on wheels” digital delivery service in London in partnership with Gnewt by Menzies Distribution, which will coordinate multiple modes of transport including pedestrian and – one day – bicycle couriers.

The automotive company’s cloud-based software identifies optimum places for van drivers to pull over near multiple drop-off points and then hand over to last leg delivery.

Gnewt is a sustainable urban parcel delivery service that uses an electric fleet. During the trial, its last-mile delivery service will be driven by Ford’s intelligent cloud-based, multi-modal routing and logistics software MoDe:Link, that manages all aspects of parcel delivery from depot to doorstep.

This could help couriers, fleet managers, logistics and food delivery companies optimise processes and increase van utilisation, saving time and money while boosting capacity.