Urban logistics complements large-scale logistics and aims to create the right logistics network for the last kilometre –to deliver optimally, on time, with a vehicle designed for the urban fabric, and at the right price. Urban logistics combines logistics operations for residential and consumer areasaround densely-populated cities that require steady supply. The goalis to build a network and shape an ecosystem involving multiple stakeholders in order to deploy relevant, efficient network coverage, from the entrance to the city to the end consumer.

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Urban logistics: economic gains for everyone

At Prologis, we know that urban logistics is the right way to meet those challenges, to keep our customers doing business while responding to the changing habits of their end consumers, whether craftspeople, corporations, or individuals.

Faced with the new challenges of local logistics in urban areas, citizens, businesses, customers, elected representatives, and local authorities are all clear about the need to move urban and infrastructure development strategies forward. Prologis knows that urban logistics is an answer, because:

  • it means providing smaller but better-located buildings, to limit distance travelled;
  • it offers renovated, well-equipped work spaces, to keep indust
  • it boosts local economic growth and improves thelocal economic network by creating dynamic employment pools just outside the city, very close to where people live;
  • it improves the daily life of residents and increases the drawing power of the Greater Paris metro area by structuring a network within residential areas, by reducing congestion so traffic can flow in those crowded areas and revitalise them, while consolidating the modes of transportation making those last-kilometre deliveries;
  • it is a consideration in an urban planning and policy approach that is fairer to everyone
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Giving cities breathing room with urban logistics

Contrary to the stereotype, urban logistics is also a valuable ally when it comes to the environment:

  • By reducing the remaining distance to consumers, redevelopment of brownfields gives new life to buildings that no longer meet current standards.
  • While online purchases are a major source of logistics flows in cities, their total environmental impact is estimated to be about 15% lower than for in-store buying.
  • Urban logistics offers many solutions for reducing the impact of business on the environment, including integration into mixed-use logistics and commercial building projects, and increased vertical building..


Jens​ Oberg
Director, Capital Deployment
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