Text: Oliver Schönfeld
Photos: Shutterstock, University of Duisburg-Essen
The best logistics solutions are those that aren’t needed in the first place. That is the opinion of Professor Ani Melkonyan-Gottschalk, Managing Director of the Centre for Logistics and Transport (ZLV) at the University of Duisburg-Essen. She argues that individual logistics solutions alone are not enough to meet the challenges of urban infrastructure and that instead dual-purpose concepts hold the key to a sustainable logistics future.
ZLV study shows people willing to accept increased prices in return for sustainable logistics
But the provision of a sustainable logistics service may come at a price. Studies conducted by the ZLV which surveyed more than 1,500 participants have shown that consumers are willing to accept a surcharge of between four to five euros per shipment of goods for demonstrably sustainable goods transport. A good three quarters of those surveyed responded they would pay more for sustainable goods transport, she said. “We have discussed the results of the studies with numerous logistics companies, but none have yet dared to break from the ongoing price war trend.”