In 2020, Hubl Logistics Ltd secured a UKRI grant for the development of the CoolRun Pod, the solution to multi-temperature last mile delivery.
The challenges related to multi-temperature food deliveries in urban areas are considerable; mobile refrigeration systems substantially reduce vehicle payload, limit the range of appropriate drivetrains and are highly polluting. The CoolRun project applies a whole system approach to overcome these obstacles via the combination of best in class technologies and the introduction of the innovative unit load containment device. Partnerships with leading specialists, from institutions such as the University of Lincoln, have ensured the refrigerated delivery system incorporates the most accurate analysis of potential emissions savings. The combination of these technologies, along with expert knowledge, will enable urban delivery networks to operate more efficiently.
Most recent developments relating to mobile refrigeration and other vehicle emission reductions have focused on specific vehicle-related components, such as improved chiller technologies. However, emissions are not only released directly by the technology but also by how it is used.
Inefficiencies within the existing logistics system contribute to the issues, for example
regular and prolonged opening of chiller box doors
sorting and picking activities occurring on board the vehicle (which extends dwell time)
poor delivery sequencing
extensive distance between drops
large stem mileage to drop zone
ineffective unit load containment such as mixed systems and stacked products, all resulting in poor load density and overall vehicle fill