IGD urges greener distribution in three steps

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The Institute of Grocery Distribution has introduced a three step system, designed to help the industry minimise the environmental impact of transporting food and groceries. President Alastair Sykes, also chairman and chief executive of Nestlé UK & Ireland, presented the three key performance indicators at IGD’s sustainable distribution conference in central London. Companies were urged to measure three factors: kilometres travelled by heavy goods vehicles in all the distribution legs of a product’s journey; litres of fuel consumed and tonnes moved on the total product journey. In addition to adopting the core KPIs, Mr Sykes encouraged the industry to increase their efforts to improve sustainable distribution within organisations. The KPIs were developed in conjunction with ECR UK, an initiative which focuses on driving collaboration between retailers and manufacturers. Nigel Jones, distribution director of Tesco, who was also a speaker and supported the IGD’s strategy, revealed that Tesco’s plans to develop its own source of bio fuel.

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