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A Sino-German Comparative Study of Urban Logistics and Last-mile Delivery Processes

With the modernisation of cities, the need for urban logistics is growing and the parcel delivery market is becoming increasingly important in countries around the world. With its huge volume of express parcels and developed online retail system, China has huge demand, market and potential for parcel delivery. For this reason, the parcel delivery market needs to be organised and managed effectively at a national level, addressing the different challenges faced by different cities and establishing matching policies and management systems in accordance with the appropriate city plans. Although there are many differences between Germany and China in terms of urban planning and the absolute number of parcel deliveries, the two countries face similar challenges and have much to learn from each other in terms of building urban logistics systems.

This report compares the similarities and differences between Suzhou and Berlin, two representative Chinese and German cities in the urban logistics and parcel delivery market, from spatial planning, regulatory policies, urban population distribution, e-commerce market and transportation means. By learning from the experiences of both sides and considering the local situation and conditions, relevant feasible solutions are formulated, which are of significance in promoting the development and improvement of the parcel delivery market in both countries.