This article was published in 2018, in Newsletter 139.
We’ve been delivering parcels around Cambridge for the past 13 years as Outspoken Delivery on behalf of over 200 wonderful local as well as national businesses and logistics carriers such as TNT. On Clean Air Day (21 June) we changed our name to Zedify to better reflect our ambitions to change how we do deliveries in urban areas and help make our cities better places to be.
In 2005 we started with two cargo bikes and managed everything by bike. We were pushing boundaries on what could be delivered – we championed the use of cargobikes and have been delivering flowers, boxes of print and even the odd beer barrel ever since. But we’re here to shake up the logistics business even more and prove that all deliveries can be made smarter and be a positive enhancement to our cities. We’ve developed the use of larger cargo trikes and also electric vans and are now delivering thousands of parcels in and around Cambridge and operating nationwide with depots including Norwich, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
As Zedify, we’ve joined forces with Recharge Cargo from Brighton, as well as technology firm Skotkonung, to form a growing network of zero emissions delivery hubs.
We’ve got some exciting plans for the future of urban logistics and we want people to rethink how they see us – not just as cycle couriers moving a few small items around Cambridge, but as a full logistics solution for urban areas.
We’ve developed awesome technology to ensure our deliveries are done more efficiently and making it easier for our customers by allowing online booking of deliveries.
Goods at our city centre depots are sorted into local, digitally-tracked delivery rounds and sent to their final addresses by specially adapted cargo bikes carrying up to 250 kilos. We also have an electric van for some deliveries further afield and for the really big stuff. Demand for deliveries to door and desk is booming, but our cities just can’t cope with ever-increasing numbers of diesel vans contributing to the toxic mix of poor air-quality and increased congestion. With Zedify, businesses can decouple the last mile of their deliveries to more sustainable services that benefit cities.
Our refresh in thinking has made us refresh our branding. Our new name Zedify is all about Zero Emissions Deliveries, but we’re still the same friendly efficient teams as before. Our sister businesses, Outspoken Training (Bikeability cycle training) and Outspoken Cycles (family cycle shop, maintenance training and events) continue as our Outspoken brand.