On-Demand im ländlichen Raum – Reallabor Hamburg

Mobility of Goods
Micro Depot

Key Question

Does a central bundling and emission-free fine distribution of goods deliveries lead to traffic relief and emission reduction in the inner city?


So-called micro depots are intended to reduce delivery traffic and the associated emissions in the inner city. Conflicts of use in the streets and the increasing environmental pollution should thus be reduced.

Reallabor Hamburg –

Starting Point

Delivery traffic is essential for the supply of city centers, but it is accompanied by an increased volume of transport and is also in conflict with other inner-city traffic. Alternative solutions for goods logistics can contribute to relieving the inner cities and improving the quality of life.


The micro depots serve as distribution points that are used jointly by various logistics service providers and regional retailers. Deliveries are bundled here and brought to the end customer in a climate-neutral way, for example by cargo bike. The first depot was opened in Hamburg’s inner city in January 2021.

Reallabor Hamburg – Warenmobilität Mikrodepot


Establishment of the partner network for the joint use of a depot.
Identification, rental and expansion of the micro depot.
Start of use of the micro depot by all partners.
December 2020
Spring 2021


The project is expected to make a significant contribution to the reduction of emissions and to the relief of the overall traffic load. Moreover, it can reduce conflicts over road space and logistics service providers can increase their distribution efficiency.

The Team

Karen van der Linde

Project manager Hamburger Hochbahn AG

Michael Peuker

Project manager Hermes

Mobility of Goods Micro Depot

Viktor Geist

Project manager Rewe Digital

Project Partner