With 15 new centers inaugurated during the health crisis, and two more at the start of the year, in Blois and Annecy, the first and last mile logistics specialist Urby is continuing its development. Currently present in 23 cities, the subsidiary of the La Poste group and the Banque des Territoires will soon have 6 additional centers by the end of the year and will thus reach more than 35 million inhabitants. In full growth, the young company intends to triple its presence in the territory by 2025 and reach 100 million euros in turnover in three years (15 million euros in 2021). “ Our ambition is to become the leader in urban logistics services in urban areas with more than 150,000 inhabitants”declares Frédéric Delaval, president of the Urby network.
A wide range of services
In addition to increasing its territorial coverage, Urby is launching new offers to support its development. Among these, delivery for two: a pack for heavy and bulky products including delivery in the room of choice, unpacking of the goods, assembly and recovery of old products as well as packaging. Recently, Urby has also offered retail players an offer including a dedicated vehicle and driver, for a fixed period, for the transfer of goods between stores and the brand’s “drive” points. In addition to the launch of new offers, the logistician continues in parallel to expand its range by offering additional services ranging from installation to the return of products against reimbursement, to the handling of pallets, to the collection of professional waste, or also to storage solutions, order preparation and XL relay points on behalf of pure players and brands.
The progressive deployment of a fleet of 240 low-emission vehicles
Urby’s growth is accompanied by an investment plan of 20 million euros over several years for the deployment of a fleet of 240 low-emission vehicles, from 3.5 tonnes to heavy goods vehicles, running on CNG , BioNGV and electric, in addition to its 100 cargo bikes perfectly adapted to urban traffic. This investment responds to Urby’s desire, which has been part of the company’s DNA since its creation, to offer more environmentally friendly transport solutions to make city centers less noisy and more breathable.
A hundred recruitments in France
Finally, by the end of 2022, Urby will recruit around a hundred employees throughout the territory in order to meet the evolution of demand which has increased since the Covid-19 health crisis: while its activity is previously mainly in BtoB e-commerce, Urby now receives as many requests for individuals as for professionals. In 2021, more than 1 million pallets were delivered by the first and last mile specialist.
Press release from Urby.