Almost every company acknowledges the importance of the sustainable transformation, but certain ones – like those who manufacture, store, and deliver products to end users in the city – face challenges that are not yet focused on. In fact, most last mile solutions address the delivery process of ordered goods while the storage of those items has not been re-considered. A promising solution, however, could be a multi-purpose warehouse that OneSpot is currently working on as part of the incubation program ‘The Mission: Construction’.
With OneSpot, you are addressing the gap between the ever-increasing demand for and the ever-decreasing supply of logistics space. Can you tell us more about your startup and your vision?
With the rapid transformation of commerce towards e (electronic) and q (quick), there is an increasing pressure for logistics capabilities to enter cities for the last mile, which forms the critical link between an online purchase and the consumer’s receipt of the purchased good. The problem is that both businesses and consumers perceive logistics as a mere cost burden thatcreates a second form of pressure: price. This, on the other hand, ispreventing existing logistics solutions from drawing closer to cities, wherespace is scarce and expensive.
To solve this dilemma, we took a fresh look at logistics and re-innovated the business model in a way that offers new values to stakeholders, namely speed, flexibility, and sustainability. With this model, our vision is to build the urban infrastructure for the future of commerce.
What sustainability challenge are you tackling in particular: what is your impact and why are youso confident to succeed with your idea?
Our concept creates an impact on three fronts: environmentally, socially, and economically.First of all, the rapid increase in deliveries is creating an environmental mess – in fact, if logistics doesn’t change, we can expect a 32% increase in carbon emissions from urban delivery traffic until 2030. With our cargo bikes, OneSpot can lower these last-mile emissions by up to 26% by as early as 2025 in the cities where we are present. Additionally, we will reduceour clients’ transport frequency by consolidating their deliveries rather than shipping each order individually.
Secondly, e-commerce brands live in the bubble of the internet and struggle in gaining local market presence; meanwhile, their remote locations make them socially disconnected. We help revitalize inner cities by bridging this online-offline gap and bringing in new businesses. Businesses no longer have to rent expensive stores or give up their brand to retailers in order to be present locally. And lastly, our concept allows our clients to effortlessly shorten their customer feedback loop, target distinct markets and scale their customer proximity rapidly, making OneSpot a rewarding logi(sti)cal solution.
Our team is bound by our concrete vision for the future. We understand where commerce is going and the transformation of logistical infrastructure that itneeds. We studied sustainable resource planning, finance and entrepreneurship and have experience from working in transport, q-commerce and the last mile. This combination is what couples our visionary drive with our talent to plan and execute.
At ‘The Mission’, youhave a strong ecosystem by your side to put your bold vision into practice – with fellow entrepreneurs, companies from the construction value chain and relevant experts from the field. What have been your highlights and major milestones so far?
In this short period of time, we have already been able to celebrate some breakthroughs and highlights.First of all, it was the HubOne team that triggered our hunger to transform logistics in the last mile. Their deep domain expertise from decades as industry player and their long-standing frustrations with the industry have driven and are still driving our innovation forward. We were excited to gain firsthand insights from GOLDBECK and see what it looks like to build large scale system solutions at an incredible level of speed. Another highlight was the opportunity to experience pitching live in a professional production studio and spread the word at Handelsblatt. Some more key successes included:
- Gaining valuable connects with the extensive network of Deutsche Bank.
- Discovering new use cases with Techem.
- Incorporating new working methods with Bain & Company.
- Developing legendary digital prototypes with efs.ai.
- Securing a generously provided space in the heart of Frankfurt to kick off a pilot project.
Moving forward, we only have four weeks left until our incubation program ends: what are your plans for the future?
The three of us are dedicated to build this infrastructure and are equally committed to this vision. We have already set plans in motion for a first pilot and aim to be serving customers in cities across Germany as earlyas this year’s Christmas season. After the program, we will be looking for initial investments.
And lastly: what makes you, as a startup, unique?
Today’s startups often build a company with the mere motivation of selling it. Our goal,on the other hand, is to see it through until our business has a proven foothold in the future economy, a business that is stable from the beginning. We are not driven by the founding of the business, but by creating something that sustainably drives society forward. We like to say that we are entrepreneurs, not just founders.