Distribut(e) - Green Neighbourhood Supply Chains for the City of Tomorrow

Projecthomepage - https://www.distribut-e.de/

The aim of the Distribute research project is to develop a neighbourhood logistics system that overcomes the "last mile" in a sustainable yet efficient way.

Project Content


The challenges of logistics are growing every day. Deliveries should not only be fast, but also flexible. Due to the trend of decentralised distribution in the city, the "last mile" has become much more important.

Content and aim of the project

The Distribut(e) research project aims to develop and test new business and delivery models for local logistics service providers to meet this challenge. A special focus here is on sustainability. To this end, shared e-logistics is being set up at Klausenerplatz and on Mierendorff Island in Berlin. Low-threshold service offers from Urban Design Thinking are to be integrated for this purpose. IT systems are needed to support the tasks of ordering local goods, managing scheduled and special deliveries and organising regular tours. The goals of Distribut(e) are:

  • Increasing efficiency on the "last mile
  • Reducing local delivery traffic and its emissions
  • Promotion of local production chains
  • Activation of local actors (especially SMEs)
  • Identifying new sharing and value-in-use concepts
  • Increasing the quality of life in neighbourhoods

The Chair of Logistics of the TU Berlin focuses on the development of components of neighbourhood logistics and formats of co-creation for sustainable neighbourhood logistics in the sense of urban design thinking.

Results, Dates etc.

Published project book

Documentation Urban Labs


Project Organization

Principal/Granting organization: 

  • Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

Involved project partners:

  • Technische Universität Berlin
    • Fachgebiet Bestandsentwicklung und Erneuerung von Siedlungseinheiten (Koordination)
    • Fachgebiet Logistik
    • Fachgebiet Entrepreneurship und Innovationsmanagement – Centre for Entrepreneurship
    • Fachgebiet Strategische Führung und Globales Management
  • nexus Institut für Kooperationsmanagement und interdisziplinäre Forschung GmbH
  • Institut für ökologische Wirtschaftsforschung GmbH
  • Berliner Stadtreinigungsbetriebe, Anstalt des öffentlichen Rechts
  • Adomeit Group GmbH
  • Bezirksamt Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf
  • insel-projekt.berlin UGmbH

Project duration:

01.04.2017 - 30.06.2020

Contact person knowledge management


Jonas Brands

Research Associate


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