Project Description

  • Innovation
  • 1 January 2024
  • 31 December 2024
  • €546,898

Urban freight distribution currently accounts for 10-15% of automobile fleet and causes 25% of carbon dioxide emissions and up to 50% of other pollutants according to the European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC) and the Alliance for Logistics Innovation through Collaboration in Europe (ALICE). These congestion and pollution levels, both acoustic and airborne, are harmful for all citizens and are consequently becoming sensitive aspects of today’s logistics models.

NIMBLE addresses the lack of logistics solutions oriented towards small stores (comprising 20% of all goods distributed in a city like Barcelona) by defining a new, more efficient and seamless model of urban goods distribution. NIMBLE’s model is based on:

  1. Consolidating first-mile distribution to logistic stations inside the cities during nighttime;
  2. Improving the operation of logistic stations by equipping them with smart parcel lockers adapted to a business-to-business case; and
  3. Deploying a last-mile distribution model to small stores via sustainable light cargo vehicles that grant a favorable user experience for small stores


NIMBLE tackles the challenge of sustainable city logistics and solves identified negative externalities that freight distribution causes on urban areas.

Main Objective

NIMBLE aims to address congestion and pollution challenges that come with inefficient logistics systems in urban areas, while enhancing economic viability for small businesses and improving overall quality of life in cities.


NIMBLE redefines urban freight distribution for small stores by introducing a new locker-centred, efficient and sustainable model.



Project lead

Marc Tarrats Viñas
CARNET – Future Mobility Research Hub