Thanks to a cargo bike and a truck powered by natural gas, Urby supplies Orléans and its metropolis

Since one month, a cargo bike that can tow a pallet or 80 kilos of loads of paper, water bottles and all products useful for intramail companies goes through the streets of the Orléans hypercentre.

It is piloted by the 25-year-old athlete Maurane. She is one of the nine collaborators of Urby, created in June 2020 in Orléans, August 2020 in Tours and last February in Blois, led by Florence Chareyre.

La Poste and Banque des Territoires created this subsidiary, which is now present in 23 major cities in France to make offers Last mile deliveryfor parcels over thirty kilos, an average of 400 kilos.

FoldA CNG-powered truck was purchased.

They will be transported to Orléans by a 20 cubic meter truck powered by natural gas (thanks to the new Pôle 45 station in Saran) and therefore a cargo bike. Or via engine suppliers that meet the latest standards.

“We currently have about twenty customers who deliver in the morning, their goods on our pooling platform. They would rather entrust us with the last kilometer than make multiple stops,” explains the director of the 1,820 square meter warehouse in the Ingré industrial estate.

Urby’s goal is, of course, to grow and increase sales from 600,000 euros last year 1.4 million this year. On a national level, development could be done through franchises.

Products of all kinds (clothes, toilet paper, industrial parts, chemical materials, etc.) are then loaded to their destination, to companies in the 22 cities of Orléans Métropole.

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500 kilos delivered in one morning

Or to Laurane’s office in the post office building at Place De-Gaulle in Orléans. For the moment, The delivery girl only pedals once a week. At 9am that morning, she wanted to make five laps on her French-made cargo bike to deliver around 500 kilos of relief supplies to around twenty recipients!


In addition to last mile deliveries, Urby has diversified its activities. This is how individuals, local customers of Cdiscount and Ikea, come to Ingré, relay point, look for their big packages. Huge TV screens (which sometimes barely fit in their trunk!), fridges or lawnmowers for example.

Urby also collects coffee capsules in a company in Saran and in some hypermarkets (but not yet in Orleans). These capsules are then processed in Lille, where aluminum and pomace are separated.

Another, more original collection: that of the hair, with barbers in the greater Orleans area, on behalf of the Clermont start-up Capillum, which will give them a second life in the gardens thanks to medical research, water protection (against oil) or soil protection, against weeds!

Finally, Urby supplies and installs high-quality, heavy-duty furniture in private homes.

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Carole Tribout

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