Royal Mail and Ford have partnered to trial and introduce more sustainable multi-modal deliveries in a new city-friendly approach.
The trial set out to discover whether multi-modal deliveries using Ford’s routing software could help Royal Mail use fewer vans and increase its foot-based deliveries of larger parcels in urban areas.
With Ford’s routing software and specially built parcel trolleys, Royal Mail was able to reduce vans in the city centre by 50 per cent, lowering vehicle milage by 33 per cent resulting in CO2e emissions reductions per parcel.
Tom Thompson, Founder, Last Mile Delivery at Ford Mobility said: “Our software made it possible for Royal Mail to help reduce carbon emissions and congestion in city centres. As we enter the busiest and most magical time of year for parcels, we are delighted to see the results of this trial prove the value of delivery on foot and the effectiveness of Ford’s software in making city centres cleaner, greener and safer.”
Achim Dunnwald, Chief Operating Officer, at Royal Mail added: “Ford’s software enabled Royal Mail to reduce van usage and mileage in the trial area, whilst still offering a prompt and reliable parcel delivery service. At Royal Mail, we are continuously looking at opportunities to reduce our emissions, alongside delivering convenience to our customers.”
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