What is RULS about?

Realtime Urban Logistics Solution (RULS) is the answer to the challenges of modern urban logistics. RULS can be used to coordinate transport tasks, optimize routes and integrate customers into the delivery process. The cloud-based solution facilitates realtime transport routing of different delivery services, allowing users to introduce new orders into the ongoing delivery process, define delivery points for varying service providers and integrate previously unconventional means of transport.

RULS provides cities and municipalities with a powerful tool for strengthening local and regional infrastructure and trade. RULS allows the integration of different means of transport and infrastructural conditions: Whether courier or parcel service, freight traffic center or micro hub, even taxis, subway and suburban trains can be used due to the open architecture. There are no limits, thereby the delivery is handled much more economically. Everything is managed and automatically controlled by a superordinate system.

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Geschäftsführer Mathias Thomas

Mathias Thomas
Managing Director
Dr. Thomas + Partner GmbH & Co. KG

Geschäftsführer GeschäftsführerSimon Thomas

Simon Thomas
Managing Director
Dr. Thomas + Partner GmbH & Co. KG

Heissam Hartmann

Heissam Hartmann
Business Development
Heissam Consulting

Nicolas Walther

Nicolas Walther
Project Manager RULS
Dr. Thomas + Partner GmbH & Co. KG

Tobias Holl CEO GAXWEB Marketing Werbung RULS

Tobias Holl
Head of Communication
Managing Director GAXWEB GmbH


Parcels are shipped in Germany on the day

The Challenge

Especially the last mile, the transport of the goods from the warehouse of the parcel service to the customer’s door is often a huge challenge. The reason for this seems rather paradoxical. Demographic factors such as the increasing mobility and growing number of working women as well as single households act like a growth accelerator for online sales.
At the same time, the likelihood of customers being able to accept the goods in person decreases as the recipient is often simply not at home. Unsuccessful delivery attempts make the final few yards an ongoing issue for CEP services. But it’s not just that, one way or another, deliveries to private households are one thing above all – and that is expensive. Small volumes and spread-out delivery points means that goods can hardly be bundled. That’s why they are the biggest cost factor in parcel deliveries.

And it is not only the traffic volume that is increasing, the industry is also faced with steadily growing customer demands: Same-day delivery, delivery at the desired time and place, as well as the accompanying increase in returns are just a few examples which result from the booming e-commerce. Especially in urban areas the traffic situation aggravate due to courier and delivery services. In addition to the already high volume of cars, the steady growth in the number of delivery vehicles is adding to the traffic load. There are so many now that they represent up to 30 per cent of the traffic within the cities – and are responsible for around 80 per cent of traffic jams. On the one hand, this is a major problem for the environment and for residents as these vehicles produce a lot of noise as well as exhaust fumes while on the other hand, it significantly diminishes the productivity of delivery services.

RULS is the Solution

With RULS, we can provide every supplier with a path-optimized route for their delivery. Additional orders and returns can be incorporated in the tour – in realtime – to consistently achieve a maximum utilization of vehicle capacity. Intra-urban transfer points and hubs facilitate the consolidation of orders and the smooth cooperation between various service providers.The consumer is provided with an automated and extremely accurate time window for the delivery of their consignment and is also able to influence the desired time or place at short notice.

RULS is redefining the concepts of urban logistics and suppliers: From an intra-logistics perspective, an intercity coach, a commuter or a tram are just a few examples that could be incorporated in the overall process, serving as continuous transport options or sorters. All of these elements can be utilized in urban logistics in a targeted manner and can be networked with RULS. Static or dynamic delivery points, coordinated by the RULS system, cause the rigid boundaries and restrictions of currently established delivery methods to become blurred.


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