Open Innovation Call

Smarter Logistics for a Smart City

How can smarter logistics balance the demands of growing e-commerce with the environmental ambitions of a Smart City?

Global transportation company FedEx, EIT Climate-KIC, Nordic Edge and Design and Architecture Norway (DOGA) are launching an open innovation call to determine how urban logistics can better support the sustainability goals of a smart city.


Nordic cities are among the most progressive and ambitious cities in the world when it comes to environmental and sustainability targets, and a great deal of progress has already been made. However, it’s widely agreed that more must be done in order to make the changes necessary to deliver on our collective environmental ambitions.

A lot of attention is currently being paid to mobility – the sustainable and environmentally friendly movement of people through cities. Both large and small businesses are already identifying opportunities for innovation around the concept of Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS).

Equally important is the movement of the goods that keep the city running, the shops in stock, supply chains moving, and positively supports business growth.

With the number of people living in cities globally estimated to exceed 80% by 2050, and the continued growth of e-commerce, the demand for delivery to businesses and individuals in cities will only increase in the years to come.

To balance the increase in demand for urban deliveries, and to ensure that our cities continue to benefit from a flourishing e-commerce market, how can urban logistics become smarter while contributing to reach environmental targets?

City logistics initiatives have sprung up in cities all over Europe, typically independently of one another, and with varying success. Most capitals have already implemented initiatives such as reduced public parking, stricter or zero emissions zones on select streets, toll roads and congestion zones, with others committing to pilots of consolidation centres outside city centres and trials of off-hour delivery to businesses and shops.

Some cities are moreover requesting that their environmental targets be taken into consideration during procurement tenders – a proactive step attempting to focus the attention of the market.

Globally operating transportation companies like FedEx Express are eager to identify and implement sustainable solutions that are viable not only to the suppliers and the city, but for its businesses and its citizens.

An open dialogue and a collaborative approach to inner-city logistics is helpful. Through the collaboration of both public and private sector, and the engagement of citizens towards end solutions that benefit all parties, we have an opportunity to introduce small, or indeed, seismic shifts in how deliveries are made in the future Smart City.

Thus, FedEx Express, in collaboration with Climate-KIC, smart city non-profit Nordic Edge, and DOGA Norway, now invites proposals suggesting how urban logistics may be reimagined to better support the goals of a Smart City.

Selection Criteria

Please present your solution for smarter urban logistics, whether design- or infrastructure based or technically innovative, operational- or product based, being sure to demonstrate:

  • How your solution improves a functional and sustainable solution for movement of goods in the Smart City.
  • Why your solution is favourable for the city, its businesses and its citizens, as well as operationally viable for global transportation providers.

Who can enter?

Anyone. Individuals or interdisciplinary teams of up to four persons, comprising but not limited to professionals, start-up enterprises and university students in areas of tech, engineering, design, architecture and urban planning, and transport and logistics management. Entries will be considered regardless of qualifications, experience, or how far developed the idea. Submissions are welcome from interdisciplinary teams that represent the perspectives of multiple parties.

Format of Responses

Your response must utilise a real Nordic city as the basis for your solution. Teams are invited to make use of a variety of multi-media to convey the end result of your idea.

Any combination of audio-visual, physical models, illustrations, text will be accepted but must showcase why the solution promises to be commercially viable, favourable to all, and most of all, functional in the chosen city. Responses must be submitted via the online entry form here and must be submitted in English language.

Submit Your Response

Exposure of Solutions

Your submission will be reviewed by a panel of subject matter experts consisting of city representatives and decision makers, university professors, DOGA Norway, and experts from within sustainability, social responsibility, operations and planning and engineering departments of FedEx Express Europe and FedEx Corp.

Four responses will be selected by the expert panel and invited to present their solutions in an exhibition-style stand at Nordic Edge Expo, taking place on 25-27 September 2018 in Stavanger, Norway. Travel, accommodation and entry to the expo is included. Selected teams will receive support and advice to develop the physical showcase of their idea ahead of the expo.

A panel discussion, hosted by Mitch Jackson, Chief Sustainability Officer for FedEx Express, will shine a light on the challenge and discuss the merits of the responses during an exhibition plenary session.

By entering you agree that your submission may be showcased by FedEx Express, as sponsor of the innovation challenge, and / or Climate-KIC, Nordic Edge and DOGA Norway in owned channel communications and social media.


Up to three finalists (of a maximum 4 persons per team) will be invited – for free – to Nordic Edge Expo, the largest smart city event in the Nordics, in Stavanger on September 25-27, 2018.

Their contribution will be displayed at the FedEx Express stand, and the teams will be able to present their smart logistics concepts to an audience of around 5000 smart city enthusiasts participating at Nordic Edge Expo.

The subject matter expert jury will decide on a winner, the winning team will receive the following prize package:

  • Joint press release from FedEx Express and Nordic Edge announcing the winner and praising the innovation qualities of the winning solution.
  • News bulletin from Nordic Edge announcing the winner.
  • Trip to Smart Cities Expo in Barcelona in November – the world’s largest smart city event, where the team will be presenting their winning solutions at the pitching stage at the joint Nordic stand.

The winning teams trip to Smart Cities Expo in Barcelona is non-exchangeable for cash and non-transferrable. The tour will be planned in direct communication between Nordic Edge and the winning team and will cater for a maximum of four participants.

Submit Your Proposal

Further Reading

See the competition manual here.

Urban logistics in the Nordic Capitals

Read more about how FedEx Express is committed to smarter transportation solutions in its Global Citizenship Report.

We encourage you to also read more about city logistics initiatives, regulations and pilots that have taken place in Nordic Cities (and in the EU), considering the successes and challenges of implementing or sustaining each idea.

Nordic initiatives:

Urban logistics – in general: