Processors have collaborated with retailers and wholesalers to cut millions of road miles out of the distances travelled by distribution fleets, according to grocery think tank IGD.
Mars has saved 6.3t of greenhouse gas emissions and cut 7,500 annual road miles by trialling double-deck trailers to transfer pallets between its Leicestershire and Northamptonshire warehouses.
Molson Coors Brewing Company has launched a project with Asda to transport stock from its Burton national distribution centre to the Daventry rail terminus to meet Asda's freight train. The stock is then taken to Grangemouth and trucked the short distance to Asda's Grangemouth distribution centre. The initiative has reduced road distribution by 35,000 miles and removed 100 vehicles from the M6 each way per year, IGD said.
United Biscuits has saved 385,000 road miles through its Pallet Optimisation Project, which makes better use of pallet space and packaging, and more efficient transportation of potatoes.
In total, collaborative deliveries have cut 124M road miles in the past three years. The drive is part of IGD's Efficient Consumer Response UK Sustainable Distribution initiative, which has exceeded its target of taking 120M road miles out of the supply chain by the end of 2010.