Last Mile Delivery

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UPS Hub & CycleA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) initiative based around last mile, city centre deliveries is currently in progress. Funded by Enterprise Ireland (€120,000) and run by the Smart Dublin office, with the assistance of the City Centre Transportation Projects team, this initiative received 24 tenders to provide a wide range of solutions.  A selection process was undertaken and six last mile delivery companies progressed through to Phase 1 and were awarded funding to further develop their ideas. The companies get circa 10k each to develop their solution and prove the concept. Two of these use an app to book designated loading bays and further consultation will be required on this with Parking Enforcement.   A review of Phase 1 projects was undertaken in March 2019.  Five companies progressed to the next phase, sharing a fund of 150k in order to progress their concepts further.  A further review will be carried out on completion of Phase 2.