Monday 24th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

204m road miles cut from grocery supply chain

204 million heavy goods vehicle miles have been taken off UK roads by food and grocery companies, according research by IGD.

Food and grocery companies are responsible for one in four of all HGV miles travelled in the UK. Industry commitment to sustainability has taken some 3,500 lorries out of the UK transport system, according to data from more than 40 food retailers and manufacturers taking part in IGD’s efficient consumer response programme.

Solutions have included: sharing trucks, even with competitors, to minimise the number of empty lorries on our roads; using the latest vehicle scheduling technology; and switching more distribution operations from road to rail.

Ian Keilty, Booker development director and ECR UK co-chair, said: “Looking back over the culmination of five years’ hard work, this is a real advertisement for facilitated collaboration to reduce inefficiencies. For us the whole is more than the sum of the parts.”