The story of Future Logistics
E-commerce has been growing fast over the last 10 years. Everyone, anywhere, orders online; in the US alone, more than 165 billion packages are shipped each year. These deliveries bring us a great level of convenience but they also come with a cost. The overwhelmingly large part of e-commerce delivery networks are not environmentally friendly. For example, only a bit over 8% of the total UPS fleet (consisting of 123,000 vehicles) uses alternative fuel. This means that most vehicles used in shipping a package to your front door severely impact air quality and contributes to the climate crisis. This has to change.
For many consumers, ordering less online isn’t an option. Instead, we think the solution is to Go Green. To make package delivery CO2 free, wherever you are. We’re in an ideal position to do this, and to take the first step. We will be the first to create a country-wide electric delivery network. But to do so, we need your help.
Who are we?
My name is Sam Rohn. I was Co-founder and CEO of a fast growing webshop launched in 2014 called Jimmy Joy. We focused on producing long lasting (powdered) foods with a low impact on the environment. For as long as I can remember the environment is one of the top reasons why I wanted to become an entrepreneur. This reason became even more dominant when I became father of my amazing son. I believed that by building a business you can have a much bigger impact on the world then as an individual. As an entrepreneur you change the world around you. This is why my first business was in selling fair trade and eco-friendly certified coffee and my second business was the webshop described above.
One of the issues I encountered while building out Jimmy Joy was the fact that a very large part of CO2 emissions in the food business and in the world was produced by transportation. And while both a large part of CO2 emissions and financial costs are made in transportation, quality in this sector doesn’t come close to the quality people are receiving from webshops online. The quality and service is not extended after purchase to the receivers front door. Together with Tijs van Driel and Kay Rohn (brother and co-founder in my first venture) we decided we wanted to do something about this. And thus we created RJP to offer great service and quality in transportation while building our largest vehicle for change yet.
We launched RJP (Red je Pakketje) in 2016. We deliver parcels to all corners of the Netherlands — on time and sustainably (currently by compensating for our CO2 emissions through the financing of the planting of trees). We offered a solution for the poor quality in parcel delivery that was the standard, by delivering on time and on the same day you ordered, nationwide. When starting the company, we immediately made the decision not to outsource our deliveries to independent freelancers who get paid too little. Instead, we’ve kept everything in-house, to keep our delivery quality and customer satisfaction high. All our delivery personnel are on the RJP payroll, and we fully compensate for the CO2 our vehicles currently emit.
Why do we care?
For us, building an environmentally friendly business has never been a marketing tool. We don’t believe sustainability is a unique selling point. It’s the only way to build a business. It’s not a goal that we pursue for profit – instead, it’s a life goal for all of us, to sustainably work, live and build a business. By compensating for our package deliveries, we have taken a first step. If we really want to make a difference in the climate crisis, we have to take it a step further. We want to be the ones who show to large delivery companies — from UPS to FedEx — how it’s done. How you can create a profitable and sustainable delivery network. By showing the world that this is possible on a national scale we believe we can force one of the most polluting industries to step up their game and create sustainable solutions faster.
What is the goal?
The goal is two tiered. First we want to create the first completely CO2 free delivery network that spans an entire country. Second we want to use this to force the rest of the transportation industry to go green faster. To stop CO2 emissions now instead of, in 20 to 30 years.
What do we need? (budget)
To build a fully electric network of vehicles and charging stations, we need €11 million (yes that's right!). To get this money we need to show the world that it is possible. We want to start by creating a fully electrical transport hub, placed in the heart of the Netherlands. For this first step, we need €300,000 (around $333,000). The way our company is doing now, we are able to invest €100,000 ourselves. In addition, we have secured €100,000 in funding from a local government. This means that to take the first step, we’re looking for another €100,000 in donations — to make this electric hub a reality. If we’re able to raise more than this first amount, then all the better! For every extra donation, we can expand our electric fleet and make package delivery greener permanently. Once we have financed this first hub it is very likely we will get additional funding by banks to expand our electric fleet to cover the entire nation.
What’s the plan?
5 steps to 100% CO2 free delivery:
- Crowdfund campaign to fund the last 100k as part of 300k investment in first EV region
- Buying an electric fleet that can service a region in which up to 2 million people live
- Raise 11 mln in funding
- Buy 8 loading squares and 400 electric vehicles
- Install and scale the entire fleet in 3 years time
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Frequently asked questions
Red je Pakketje, or ‘save your parcel’, is a same-day delivery service operating in the Netherlands.
As you can see in our video, we want to create the first completely CO2-free delivery network that spans an entire country. For our first step, we need €300,000 (around $333,000). The way our company is doing now, we are able to invest €100,000 ourselves. In addition, we have secured €100,000 in funding from a local government. This means that to take the first step, we’re looking for another €100,000 in donations — to make the electric hub a reality. In this way, the Future Logistics campaign will show other carriers and the world at large what’s possible.
Unfortunately, these platforms did not provide all the functionalities that we needed. With our own crowdfunding page, you can use almost any payment method, regardless of where you come from!
We will use the funds to create the first completely CO2-free delivery network that spans an entire country. And in this way, force the rest of the transportation industry to go green faster.
Climate change is real. And if we really want to make a difference in the climate crisis, we have to step up. We want to be the ones who show to large delivery companies — from UPS to FedEx — how it’s done. How a small company like Red je Pakketje can create a profitable and sustainable delivery network. And in this way, make logistics more sustainable for people in the Netherlands and ultimately all around the world.
Your donation will go towards the first completely CO2-free delivery network that spans an entire country. You can check on this page what the status is of our campaign and how much has been donated. After the campaign has ended, you will receive more information about the reward that you selected.
You can use iDeal, credit card or PayPal.
After the campaign has ended, we will start shipping the rewards.
At this moment we cannot yet say when you will receive your reward. After the campaign has ended, we will start shipping them and will keep you updated of our progress.
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