Why do we do these logistic design competitions?

The answer is two-fold: One, we want to find out what’s going on in the heads of design students and graduates around the world, so we can stay on top of our game. Two, we want to identify new talent, and be able to offer these young people a paid internship at one of Toyota’s Design Centers. For their good as well as our own. Simply.

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“Package delivery. Join the revolution.”

For the TDLC 2018 competition we turned our attention to the logistics of parcel delivery. That last link in a chain of goods deliveries is often the weakest part. So, what could students and graduates do to alleviate the problem with that “Last Mile Delivery”? Hannah Rayner and Matt Putman of the highly-ranked Loughborough University were two of the 1,205 people who responded to the challenge. Rayner and Putman’s invention – “Al.Packer” – was the chosen winner. In short, this is how it works: When a person is not home to receive a package, a network of home-agents is ready to step in. Apart from being practical and easy to run, Rayner and Putman’s solution is both socially and environmentally sustainable.

The Winners

1st Prize


al.packer is a new application that provides a socially sustainable solution to the last mile of package delivery. It abandons the traditional supply chain and introduces a micro-entrepreneur col col--md-4 stakeholder that is guaranteed to accept the delivery. The end customer is able to collect the package when and where (s)he wishes to, which enhances communication, reliability and satisfaction between each stakeholder.

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2018 Winner Interview

2018 finalist interview
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Hannah Rayner and Matt Putman
Loughborough University, United Kingdom

2nd Prize

CIPS - combined infrastructure parcel service

The concept offers an alternative delivery solution using the public transport bus service as the underlying eco-friendly network to provide a faster and more efficient local delivery service. Using bus stations as distribution points, the recipients can set time and location of their preference to pick up their shipment or book a special home delivery service. CIPS helps to bring products closer to consumers, increasing the flexibility and adaptability of distribution networks while using a worldwide available transportation network.

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Paul Pötzelberger and Mohammad Moradi
Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee, Germany

3rd Prize

Toyota Bee – Mobile Control Points

Toyota Bee is based on a HIVE system, consisting of several smaller BEE units and mobile control points. Parcels can be delivered round the clock due to the balanced collaboration between the BEE and its human counterpart. Being able to switch between both a stationary delivery mode and a mobile delivery mode is what makes the Toyota Bee so versatile.

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David Wolter
Lund University, Sweden

Public Award



Gamaru is a smart cargo solution composed by an online platform and a fleet of movable/dynamic stations that will change their positions automatically, inside city depending of real time analysis of cargo movements, transportation and demand of deliveries.

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Edgar Andres Sarmiento

Edgar Andres Sarmiento
Istituto d'Arte Applicata e Design, Italy

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2018 Jury sessions

The designers of the three prize-winning entries from the 2018 competition.
The three prize-winning forklift designs presented at the CeMat exhibition in Hannover, Germany.