Last month over 7,500 trucks from more than 130 fleets, distributing food and drink were monitored as part of a Department of Transport (DfT) project - the largest of its kind ever undertaken - to assess their performance.
The results of this key performance indicators (KPIs) survey, conducted for the DfT by Scala Consulting, will provide the most up-to-date information yet available about how full trucks are; how many miles they run empty; and their effects on traffic and loading/unloading delays. The results will also show how much produce is moved and how far; how much fuel is used and how much carbon dioxide is released in process.
Over a 24h period starting at midnight on March 7, the activities of vehicles were carefully monitored and data collected. This will be analysed by Scala to produce KPIs for manufacturers and retailers taking part in the survey. While individual results will remain confidential, others throughout the sector will be able to use the results, to be carried in a report to published later this year, to improve their own operations, says Scala.
The survey is the latest in a series commissioned by the DfT.