Today’s Pickup: DHL, REEF Technology launch eco-friendly cargo bike pilot

Good day,

DHL Express is partnering with parking and logistics magnate REEF Technology to pilot the use of four new low-power electric-assist e-Cargo Cycles for deliveries across Miami. The three-wheeled cycles are equipped with accompanying cargo containers and are capable of pulling up to 400 pounds or holding 60 cubic feet in volume.

The companies are bringing the e-Cargo Cycles to Miami as part of the DHL GoGreen strategy to reduce its carbon footprint. DHL’s short-term goal is to implement clean pickup and delivery solutions for 70% of its operations by 2025. Each e-Cargo Cycle deployed enables DHL to take one conventional delivery van off the road, reducing road traffic, noise and pollution while still providing fast and efficient deliveries for customers. 

Did you know?

The Port of Long Beach said continuing economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a 17.3% year-over-year volume drop as well as an expectation of more canceled arrivals. The port moved 519,730 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in April.

From FreightWaves


“The only way to push Amazon to action is through confrontation. We’re working in conditions that pose a risk to our safety. Workers’ voices must be heard.”

– Jean-François Bérot, a worker employed at an Amazon warehouse in France, from the New York Times

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Final thoughts,

The United States Postal Service (USPS) is postponing the deadline for official bids to make its next-generation mail truck because of “the current COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on Postal Service and supplier operations,” reported. The deadline for bids was originally slated for March 27th, but is now July 14th, 

Hammer down, everyone!