- UPS courier service uses APCOA parking garages as micro-depots for handling parcels
- Environmentally-friendly deliveries via cargo bikes
- Partnership reduces CO2 emissions, traffic noise and congestion
- Cooperation under the framework of APCOA URBAN HUBS
APCOA PARKING (APCOA) and UPS have launched an international partnership in the field of environmentally-friendly micro-logistics. For several years now, UPS has been using APCOA car parks in Ireland to transfer deliveries from large containers to cargo bikes for last-mile delivery to end customers. Starting this year, the two companies have extended their partnership to Germany. APCOA and UPS are now collaborating at bases in Dublin, Hamburg and Cologne with plans in place to continuously expand their partnership over the next few years.
By joining forces, the two companies are helping to reduce CO2 emissions, traffic noise and congestion, thereby making urban logistics more sustainable. At the same time, the partnership allows APCOA to exploit existing multi-storey car park capacities as APCOA URBAN HUBS. UPS also benefits from being able to use cargo bikes to accelerate deliveries, as bikes are not held up by traffic jams and can more easily and quickly navigate through urban traffic.
"By joining forces with UPS, we are expanding our URBAN HUBS network, which provides the infrastructure for a wide range of sustainable urban services", says Philippe Op de Beeck, CEO of APCOA PARKING Group. "By deploying our parking areas as transshipment hubs, we are providing the requisite infrastructure for environmentally-friendly logistics. As a result, we are making a valuable contribution to climate change mitigation and taking another significant step towards becoming the car park of the future".
Partnership reduces vehicle traffic and benefits urban populations
Under the terms of the new partnership, UPS transports its shipments to APCOA's car parks by truck, where the containers are unloaded and taken to designated parking spaces. Once the deliveries have been loaded onto cargo bikes, they are taken to customers and the process is repeated until the container is empty. APCOA car parks are also used to park and recharge the cargo bikes.
In 2012, UPS launched its first project to deliver parcels via micro-depots and cargo bikes in Hamburg and has since expanded its sustainable parcel delivery service to more than 30 cities in Germany alone and internationally in several countries. A key challenge in implementing UPS's City Logistics concept is identifying suitable micro-depots in urban areas.
Under the APCOA URBAN HUBS brand, APCOA is expanding the functionality of its multi-storey car parks in certain city-centre locations and allowing them to be used for services provided by selected strategic partners. This opens up more than 1.5 million parking spaces and over 1.9 million square metres of space for urban logistics, mobility, electric charging infrastructure and technology services and will not least deliver increased revenues and enable new business models to be implemented by parking facility owners.
In the field of logistics, new services include transhipment hubs for parcel couriers and parcel lockers where customers can collect deliveries themselves. Other services available in APCOA car parks include charging points for electric vehicles and rental stations for car-sharing services.
APCOA Parking Holdings GmbH (“APCOA” and, together with its subsidiaries, the “Group”) is pleased to announce the appointment of Sam Groves as Chief Financial Officer of the Group. Mr. Groves succeeds Steffen Bätjer, who successfully served as Chief Financial Officer of the Group since his appointment in March 2016.
Mr. Groves has most recently been the Group’s Interim Chief Financial Officer of the Group and joined APCOA in 2019 to lead the Group’s M&A and corporate development activities. Mr. Groves has more than 20 years of international finance leadership and cross-border M&A experience in both public and private equity-backed companies.
Mr. Groves will play an instrumental role in the execution of APCOA’s growth strategy. His key focus areas will be the relationships with financial partners, the contractual discipline with clients and suppliers, as well as the company’s M&A activities.
APCOA Parking is excited to announce the opening of a new 729-space multi-storey car park (MSCP) at Northwick Park Hospital which includes an integrated energy centre - the first combined solution of this kind. APCOA managed the complex design and build of the new facility and will operate the car park on behalf of the Trust as part of a new 20-year agreement.
The 5-storey MSCP, which replaces a low-density surface car park in the grounds of the hospital, has been designed with a Vertical Circulation Module steel frame and was built in less than a year.
The car park incorporates Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology which can support the future use of APCOA's comprehensive multi-site, self-service online permit management system. To improve environmental sustainability, 30 EV charging points are available, with the capacity to increase in future as required.
An 800m² energy centre, architecturally engineered into the footprint of the multi-storey car park, provides capacity for London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust to generate income and achieve environmental improvements. Once the energy centre is fully commissioned over the next 12 months, the Trust will reduce its current energy spend by £1.9m a year.
The combination of a state-of-the-art CHP system enhanced by innovative combined air and water sourced heat pumps along with a battery storage system, will also create a smart grid, producing a saving of 2,500 tonnes of carbon every year.
Gary Munn, Head of Property and Commercial for London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust said:
"This regeneration project has solved a number of problems that were facing the Trust. The new MSCP provides much needed additional, secure parking for staff members, conveniently close to the hospital. The energy centre will both generate income and support our sustainability targets to achieve net-zero carbon emissions. The land sale has realised funds for future investment in our staff and patients from the previously poorly utilised assets and provided an opportunity for our housing partner to develop 1600 housing units, many of which are for low income families in an area of acute housing shortage.
"The APCOA team have been great to work with, providing a full package of expertise and on-site skills to successfully guide the project from conception to completion in an extremely short time window that will maximise our downstream benefits."
Kim Challis, regional managing director for APCOA UK & Ireland said:
"I'm really proud of the APCOA team who have worked closely with our client and key supply chain partners to project manage the complex design and build of this amazing new facility. The combination of the pandemic and Brexit created extra manpower and logistical challenges, but we successfully managed these and delivered on time and within budget.
"APCOA already has a significant presence in the UK healthcare sector, and this building demonstrates our capability to deliver first class, innovative infrastructure solutions and solve the parking difficulties that are currently experienced by so many NHS facilities."
APCOA PARKING (APCOA) and the Swedish shipping service Instabox have entered a partnership with the aim to make the everyday life of Danes easier and less time-consuming.
With the new partnership between APCOA and Instabox, Danes will now be able to pick up parcels directly from the parking lot and thereby save not only valuable time but also unnecessary extra kilometers to the nearest manned pick-up point which altogether will contribute to a better urban life.
The partnership between APCOA and Instabox is the latest contribution to APCOA URBAN HUBS, securing Danes convenience-solutions in one place. A concept where you besides parking and picking up packages also can get your car window fixed and rent electric scooters to get you to the final destination.
Instabox delivers parcels from some of Denmark's most popular e-commerce sites and more merchants are joining continuously. The roll out of parcel lockers is also ongoing with rapid speed and will have a coverage of more than 90 percent of Danes in 2022.
"We are happy to team up with APCOA PARKING and further expand our network of lockers in Denmark. APCOA's nationwide concept Urban Hubs fits perfectly with our strategy of having our smart automated parcel lockers located where people pass everyday to create the most uncomplicated shipping experience. With our service, Danes can enjoy the freedom of choosing when, where and by whom a parcel is collected", says David Lundqvist, Chief Commercial Officer at Instabox.
At APCOA there's also excitement and expectations for the partnership. Dan Kirk, Head of Marketing, Business Development & Consumer Relations in APCOA PARKING says: "We are very pleased with adding Instabox to our list of partnerships so we can provide Danes with even more options to get errands done straight from the parking lot. Our goal is to gather as many of the Danes' needs as possible in one place, so that the valuable spare time people have, is not used on running errands all over town. This is a good step on the way. Additionally, this will contribute to decreasing heavy traffic in the bigger cities, a win win for all."
The first two Instaboxes are up and running. One is placed in Vejle and the other in the center of Copenhagen at the popular Axel Towers. Axel Towers houses an entire Urban Hubs area containing both E-charge, XXL-parking, RYDS bilglas and now Instabox. More Instaboxes will be installed all over Denmark within the next couple of months.?