DHL Supply Chain trials sustainable delivery at London’s Billingsgate Market

The City of London Corporation, DHL Supply Chain and Ford Pro are conducting a sustainable delivery trial at London’s historic Billingsgate Market in the UK to explore ways to reduce traffic, improve air quality and offer a better customer experience.

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Launched in March 2022 and continuing until August, 40 traders at Billingsgate are taking part in the trial, which focuses on deliveries from the market to commercial customers in the capital. Many traders rely on vans to make these deliveries, but for much of the day these vans are not in use. The City Corporation identified the opportunity to consolidate some of those trips, to avoid duplicating journeys and use fewer vans. The 18-week collaboration has yielded an estimated 37% reduction in CO2  emissions compared with business as usual, with 949 fewer vehicle journeys on central London’s congested roads resulting in 23,961 fewer kilometers driven overall. This has also supported reduced costs and improved efficiencies for participating businesses.

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