Trimble: European company reduces emissions and improves deliveries

December 28, 2022  - By and
Trimble Maps enables a shipping company to offer one-hour delivery windows. (Photo: Trimble)

Trimble Maps enables a shipping company to offer one-hour delivery windows. (Photo: Trimble)

To reduce its emissions, DPD Deutschland — a franchise of DPDgroup, one of the largest international parcel carriers in Europe — has asked Trimble Maps to help optimize its operations. DPD Deutschland’s parcel supply chain covers 80 franchise depots, 9,500 employees and more than 13,000 drivers, delivering about 2 million packages to businesses and consumers per day via a mixed fleet of vehicles, including electric ones.

DPDgroup has a vision to become the international standard in sustainable delivery by 2030. Per parcel, it has reduced its CO2 emissions by 18.8% since 2013 and is on track to reach a 30% reduction by 2030, according to Trimble.

One of DPD’s most popular service offerings, called Predict, allows parcel recipients to track the progress of their deliveries in real time, with an estimated one-hour delivery window and updated notifications along the way. Since 2014, Trimble Maps’ portfolio has helped calculate this one-hour delivery window and provided turn-by-turn navigation to DPD drivers, resulting in less overall travel time, more successful first-time deliveries and reduced emissions.

DPD was the first, and still is the only, parcel carrier in Germany that provides recipients with an estimated one-hour delivery window, the company says, calculating it for every parcel. The service is made possible in part by the integration of Trimble Maps’ route optimization and mapping web services platform, known internally as DPD Maps. Recipients can reschedule deliveries as needed for future days and times, or perhaps to a convenient drop-off location. This reduces emissions created by multiple return trips.

DPD Maps calculates an optimized route for drivers, who are then able to manually sort the stops and change the route to best fit their preferences. Once routes are locked in, Trimble’s commercial navigation application, CoPilot, provides drivers with real-time directions. Once a driver’s route is complete for the day, DPD can compare the actual route taken with the optimized route DPD Maps calculated in an easy-to-understand view that can be analyzed by the driver and the depot.

DPD Maps allows the company to visualize, share and discuss results with different stakeholders within the organization. The solution also allows drivers to plan out their day as they see fit, while giving the back office access.

About the Author: Matteo Luccio

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