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City Hub will open a third branch in Utrecht. There, logistics service providers can deliver their goods, after which electric vehicles take care of the combined transport to the city center.
The newest location in Utrecht at Lage Weide industrial estate is being financed via crowdfunding via Oneplanetcrowd, City Hub reports. The company started in 2016 with the ambition to make the Dutch inner cities more liveable and more accessible through a “greener” way of delivering goods..
CEO Gerard Gerritsen had noticed the growing number of half empty vans and trucks trying to pass through the narrow Dutch streets. His plan was to take that delivery traffic to a hub on the outskirts of town. They then place all goods into their electric vehicles and bring them to the city centre. So in his words “…In this way we prevent the city from silting up. “
His first branch of City Hub was set up in Roermond. The next in in Amsterdam was added last year. Gerritsen said ‘Our first hub in Roermond was already profitable after nineteen months.”
They have contracts with large customers such as Nike, Blycolin and Centraal Boekhuis.
Gerritsen is optimistic abopuit his company, “Thanks to our smart warehouses and just-in-time supplies, their profitability per square meter has increased. The number of transport kilometers has dropped enormously at the same time. We have thus demonstrated that higher efficiency and higher sustainability go hand in hand.”
All good news for the business and the environment.
The third branch in Utrecht is almost a fact. City Hub are very satisfied with the location at Lage Weide as it is only a five minute drive from the A2. The electric transport to the city centre takes no more than five minutes. This location to Gerritsen is a great advantage as they can also take goods from ships. “That way we can also supply Utrecht from the water – of course completely emission-free. “
So once again the environment wins.
City Hub have opted for public crowdfunding for the financing of the Utrecht site.
Gerritsen said, “’We notice that citizens want to contribute to making their living environment more sustainable. At the same time, companies like to take their responsibility in the context of corporate social responsibility. That is why the ‘crowd’ can now participate directly …”
Is this the way forward for industries in Utrecht? Should the public finance the company as well as pay for their services? Is this something you are happy to do? What is the future of ‘Green Transport’ in Utrecht? Will cutting down emissions be a profitable line for businesses? Do let us know your thoughts.