Innosuisse – Urban Logistics

Innosuisse – Implementation of urban logistics using the example of Zurich (ImpULZ)

Current economic, ecological and social developments are presenting cities in Switzerland and globally with challenges with regard to inner-city freight transport and disposal. In particular, due to the increasing traffic performance (more trucks, higher mileage, more shipments) of road freight traffic, inner-city traffic congestion is occurring more and more frequently.

Urban logistics (UL) concepts that have already been developed can offer a remedy. For example, cross-company shipment bundling for inner-city deliveries increases vehicle utilization, thus reducing the number of trips and having positive effects on noise, climate and traffic safety.

However, there are major deficits in the implementation of UL concepts. Often, implementation is only successful with individual solutions. UL systems that include several UL concepts have not yet been successfully implemented.

There is a research gap here - also in the scientific literature. Therefore, the project addresses the implementation of UL systems, illustrated by the example of the city of Zurich. Based on an analysis of relevant innovations from implementation research, the focus is on developing methods for implementing UL systems and piloting them. The method should be applicable throughout Switzerland and thus adaptable to other UL projects. With a view to piloting the implementation for Zurich, it is important to include UL initiatives that are already underway in terms of connectivity.

Duration: 2020-2022


Coop Genossenschaft, EMIG Engrosmarkt-Immobiliengesellschaft AG, Galliker Transport AG, Migros Genossenschaft Zürich, notime AG, SBB Cargo AG, Zürcher Freilager AG


Innosuisse – Schweizerische Agentur für Innovationsförderung (öffentlich-rechtliche Anstalt des Bundes)


Wolfgang Stölzle

Prof. Dr.

Full Professor

Büro 0-213
Dufourstrasse 40a
9000 St. Gallen

Leon Zacharias


Research Associate

Büro 0-208
Dufourstrasse 40a
9000 St Gallen