Dutch firm Smart Mile Solutions has installed Germany’s first PackRobot in the city of Nagold, as part of a shared urban delivery platform to encourage sustainable deliveries of locally-produced goods.
The PackRobot is a secure, self-service parcel terminal designed by Estonian tech firm Cleveron, with an automated smart storage system that optimises the use of available space.
This is performed by a 3D lift that picks and delivers the right parcel to a secure delivery slot.
Octagonal shaped, the PackRobot is capable of holding up to 500 parcels on just 4.9 m² of floor space and can be used for high-value and temperature-sensitive packages.
Customers using the Smart Mile Solutions app are able to order goods directly from local businesses and have them delivered to the centrally located PackRobot for pick-up at a convenient time.
App users are also able to use the PackRobot for national deliveries as well, with parcel couriers using the terminal as a final destination for goods rather than delivering directly to an end recipient.
Smart Mile said local businesses are also able to benefit by being able to use sustainable delivery options, such as cycle logistics couriers, to drop their goods at the PackRobot and eliminate the need for traditional delivery methods.
Following its launch in Nagold, the company will expand this scheme into other cities in Germany and across the rest of Europe.
In Germany, Smart Mile Solutions operates through its subsidiary citydibs Deutschland.
A company spokesman said: “The Smart Mile platform puts consumers in control over receiving their online purchases, reduces inner city traffic and carbon emission and stimulates the local economy.”