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Supermarkets and students collaborate on home delivery study

Supermarkets and students collaborate on home delivery study

London, UK: A partnership between three major supermarkets and one of the UK’s top universities is studying the benefits of home deliveries and their effect on carbon emissions, reports Transport News Brief.


Cambridge University, Waitrose, Tesco and Sainsbury’s, to investigate the environmental impact of home delivery

The research project, which runs until November 2017, is headed up by Cambridge University’s Centre for Sustainable Road Freight and involves Waitrose, Tesco and Sainsbury’s, all of which have taken well documented steps to reduce their carbon emissions in recent months.

The study will concentrate on grocery and last mile deliveries, and will compare the emissions output of home deliveries against private car use.

Despite a massive upswing in the number of home deliveries over the past three years, private cars are still by far the preferred option for most shoppers, especially in rural areas.

Professor David Cebon, director at the Centre for Sustainable Road Freight, said, “We want to understand how we can get best advantage in terms of reduced fuel consumption and emissions by encouraging home deliveries.”

“The obvious point is that shopping trips by family car are inefficient from the point of view of fuel consumption. So, if we can take 15 shopping trips and put them all into a home delivery vehicle, it takes a lot out of the system.”

The study will also look at the types of vehicles used to make deliveries in both rural and urban areas, with a number of city-based supermarket vehicles now fuelled by alternative power sources such as electricity, CNG and hybrid power. Sainsbury’s was the first retailer to introduce electric delivery vans into its fleet in 2007 in conjunction with Smith Electric Vehicles.