On-Demand im ländlichen Raum – Reallabor Hamburg

Mobility of Goods
Micro Depot

Key Question

Can central bundling of ordered goods and emission-free delivery help relieve traffic congestion in inner cities?

How do we test this?

By means of so-called microdepots. They are intended to help avoid conflicts on the roads and reduce the increasing environmental pollution caused by motorized traffic.

Starting Point

Delivery traffic is essential for the supply of the inner cities. However, this also results in dense traffic volumes and conflicts of use with other inner-city road users. Alternative solutions for goods logistics can relieve inner cities and contribute to a general improvement of the quality of life.


Microdepots serve as goods transfer points that are used jointly by various parcel delivery services and regional retailers. Deliveries are bundled here and then transported to the end customer by cargo bike in a climate-neutral manner. The first of these depots was opened in Hamburg’s old town in January 2021.

Reallabor Hamburg –
Reallabor Hamburg – Warenmobilität Mikrodepot


Establishment of the partner network for the joint use of a depot.
Search for suitable premises, renting and development of microdepositories
Start of use of the micro depot by all partners.
December 2020
Spring 2021


The project aims to reduce CO2 emissions in city centers. At the same time, the traffic volume is to be relieved, thus creating more space on the roads for all other road users.

The Team

Karen van der Linde

Project manager Hamburger Hochbahn AG

Michael Peuker

Project manager Hermes

Viktor Geist

Project manager Rewe Digital

Project Partner