08 de February 2016

A night-time logistics model to improve Bogota’s mobility

movilidad ambientalmente sostenible

To reduce the impact of freight transport, particularly the loading and unloading of goods at any time of the day, the first night-time pilot is to be implemented to receive and deliver goods between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

A night-time logistics model to improve Bogota’s mobility

The Bogota Region Logistics Unit, a partnership between the District Departments of Economic Development and Mobility, the Cundinamarca Government and Invest in Bogota, with the Bogota Chamber of Commerce acting as coordinator and facilitator of actions taken to overcome the logistical problems of Bogota, has identified more than 30 companies in the Industrial Zone and Puente Aranda (between avenues 30 and 68 and streets 6 and 22) with the potential to migrate goods receipt and delivery operations to between 10:00 pm and 6:00 am.

According to Juan Gabriel Pérez, CEO of Invest in Bogota, logistics mobility is an issue of utmost importance for the competitiveness of a city like Bogota.

"The implementation of this pilot can offer significant benefits to businesses, such as higher transit speeds and therefore a reduction in transportation and logistics costs, better utilization of the infrastructure available for loading and unloading of goods, greater logistical efficiency, etc." he says.

Ana María Zambrano, Manager of the Unit that is promoting the initiative, says that on completion of the pilot, permanent night-time logistics zones can be established in the city together with specialized security protocols to guarantee the sustainability of this operation.

Companies such as Alkosto, Bavaria, Comercial Nutresa, Empacor and Casa Luker are participating in the initiative.

The project has the support of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and has as its strategic allies the District Departments of the Environment, Mobility and Economic Development, the Bogota Chamber of Commerce, Invest in Bogota, the Cundinamarca Government, Fenalco and ANDI.

With this night-time loading and unloading pilot, Bogota joins big cities like New York, Los Angeles, Sao Paulo, London and Paris that have implemented measures to optimize their logistics performance and relieve road congestion by carrying out these activities at different times to those when people are transported.