Last mile logistics

Last mile logistics

E-commerce and insulated boxes

With the development of e-commerce, there are more and more deliveries of smaller and smaller packages.

Ordering online and home delivery are now simple, even for perishable foodstuffs subject to the cold chain.

OLIVO offers its BOX range of insulated tote for last mile delivery.

Thanks to British customers who were precursors in the “home delivery service”, the BOX insulated box range has proved its worth since the beginning of the 2000s.


Last mile logistics or home delivery?

The term “last mile” refers to the last segment in the supply chain and covers home delivery, drive-in collection and other points of consumer collection.

Delivery services to the end customer are developing fast and durably, and new logistics solutions are being introduced as the challenges posed by the last mile are many:

  • to reduce the cost of the delivery because it is the last mile that costs the most
  • to reduce the negative impact on the environment of the increase in the number of vehicles (pollution, traffic, noise)
  • to respect the cold chain for perishable foodstuffs

Who are the players in e-commerce?

  • mass retailers, who ship from warehouses dedicated to home deliveries or from stores
  • distributors of fine foods and original goods (foie gras, smoked salmon, etc.)
  • producers adopting an approach based on short farm-to-fork distances for local produce

Fractured refrigerated logistics

delivery thermal food container

It is estimated that the volume of packages delivered in this way will continue to increase at an annual rate of 20%.
To respond to these major changes in distribution channels, the units transported in semi-trailers are no longer pallets but insulated food boxes which.

  • easy to handle and group
  • stackable at the drive-in or click and collect point
  • light to carry up to the 5th floor when there is no lift
  • thermally self-contained for products subject to the cold chain

The expectations of these insulated boxes are very high when it comes to delivering perishable goods or temperature-sensitive healthcare products whose temperature has to be strictly maintained.

URBAN : a brand dedicated to urban logistics

conteneur transport urbain

OLIVO has developed a range of dedicated solutions to face the issue of city-center flows including environmental concerns (air pollution, noise, traffic jams, insecurity) as well as new regulations.


The URBAN range is aimed at the last-mile transport and delivery services operators. Zero-carbon deliveries with green vehicles like bicycles, tricycles, scooters, small electrical vehicles so far restricted to non-food or dry-food products have quickly developed to turn towards food deliveries under controlled temperatures (chilled and frozen).


Small BOX insulated containers can be transported in a van-type vehicle, as well as in the carrying crates at the front of a tricycle or a cargo-bike, and also at the rear on a trailer or in the boot.


URBAN ROLL 500 responds to the recent trend of bicycle deliveries in the hyper-center of cities: it is a wise answer to weight constraints, noise and the increasing demand of the customers to be delivered at home with their fresh and frozen food supplies.

BOX: a 100% eco-responsible solution

OLIVO’s BOX range of insulated boxes are made of expanded polypropylene, known as EPP.
EPP is 100% recyclable and it is shape molded using steam.
A reusable material and a non-polluting production process count among the qualities of this material.

Although solid, EPP is remarkably lightweight. Weight is also an essential criterion:

  • ergonomics of carrying to the end customer
  • reduced load for electric or other non-polluting vehicles providing last mile transport in city centres


ROLL 500, the large volume URBAN which drives greener

livraison décarbonnée de produits thermosensible

Fine for collecting and distributing controlled temperature products, URBAN ROLL 500 is also a good tool to develop the logistics efficiency, optimization and profitability.


URBAN ROLL 500, the 500 litres exclusive solution made in OLIVO: the keywords for this concept are lightness, insulation, eco-responsibility.


Light weight, it can easily be put on a trailer at the back of a bicycle and its capacity allows to have an interesting useful load of chilled or frozen products.


Insulated and smart, URBAN ROLL 500 and its passive cold source (eutectic plate or dry ice) maintain the temperature of your product during all the transit time. Positioned in the top part of the URBAN 500 container, the refrigerating agent corresponding to your logistics need compensate cold or heat inputs. The quality of your products is protected and your final customer is reassured.


Eco-responsibility is a shared concern: reusable, 100% recyclable, without engine or battery, URBAN 500 fits perfectly the goals of green operators who aim at zero CO² emission and noise reduction.


EPP is a smart material which has already proven reliable with the OLIVO BOX range, then why stay on a small volume when you can think big?


URBAN ROLL 500 and its euro-pallet format 800×1200 mm (outer dimensions) allows you to transport 600×400 cardboards and crates filled with controlled temperature products. Here is the good idea!

The refrigeration system is what makes the difference

There are plenty of EPP insulated shipping boxes on the market, but what differentiates OLIVO’s EPP BOX range is refrigeration. On-board, i.e. non-mechanical refrigeration has been part of OLIVO’s expertise for a long time.

With BOX, OLIVO provides a complete solution: insulated box and calibrated refrigeration … and it works!

Whether the refrigeration is provided by eutectic packs or dry ice in different forms, OLIVO will provide you with an analysis of the cooling capacity you need based on your specifications and transport time, and the model of insulated box you chose.


The BOX range, is primarily used for food, but these insulated boxes are also ideal for pharmaceutical products as they can be used for several different temperatures. It is the refrigeration system that makes the difference. Don’t hesitate to contact us so that we can help you to choose the best refrigeration system for you.

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