DHL has contracted foot courier firm JogPost to carry out crucial deliveries in London during the summer of 2012, and potentially beyond.
JogPost couriers will join the DHL workforce to make deliveries on foot or via public transport, direct from DHL Service Centres in London. They will also join driving couriers for the final mile of deliveries in areas that are inaccessible because of the Olympic route network, or congestion which DHL expects to increase by 30 per cent on London’ s core routes.
DHL handles some 50,000 deliveries in London each day.
Phil Couchman, CEO of DHL Express UK and Ireland, said: “Keeping London moving is a priority for us; our customers expect their critical deliveries to arrive on time regardless of what’s happening in London. By using innovative delivery methods we are able to sustain our high service levels during what will be a busy time for businesses, and also reduce our carbon footprint by sending fewer vehicles into the city.”
Throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Games DHL will have a dedicated operations control centre that will monitor and adapt services for issues such as changes to the network and localised congestion.
“Using joggers to carry out deliveries has the potential to be a viable and environmentally-positive solution well beyond the Olympics,” said JJ Harding, founder of JogPost .
JogPost bills itself as the Uk’s number one leaflet delivery company.