Goods transport: reduce, transfer, make greener
By the time your groceries end up in your shopping cart, they've already travelled far: from the supplier via the distribution centre to the shop shelves. Colruyt Group trucks crisscross the entire country each day. They do this as efficiently and sustainably as possible.
Full trucks, less mileage
It’s a shame if a truck drives half-empty. It creates unnecessary traffic, consumption and emissions. That's why we invest heavily in software for intelligent transport planning and why our trucks are always about 95% loaded when they drive from the distribution centres to the shops.
For incoming deliveries to our distribution centres, we are achieving a load factor of 77 % by working together with suppliers who bundle their goods as efficiently as possible. Have you heard of ecocombis? These are longer trucks that can transport the same amount of goods with fewer journeys. Less mileage, means better for the environment.
Avoiding peak times
Our truck drivers avoid peak hours and traffic jams as much as possible. 49% of the time, our shops are restocked between 7 pm and 7 am. Why? So that trucks don't make traffic jams worse and we avoid extra crowding on the roads. What’s more, not only is this more (cost-) efficient, it also avoids unnecessary fuel consumption and improves road safety. To make deliveries as quiet as possible, we invest in training for our truck drivers, quiet trailers, low-noise pallets and covered loading docks at our stores.
We also encourage our suppliers to avoid peak times on the road. 24% of deliveries to our distribution centres are made at night.
A cleaner fleet
All our trucks comply with the European emission standard Euro 6. They therefore emit less nitrogen and particulates than previous generations. However, we don’t stop there; we continue to explore the potential of alternative and clean fuels. Our fleet already includes eight CNG lorries. At our logistics sites, we are also using two electric terminal trucks for pulling trailers. Their batteries are charged using our own generated renewable green electricity.
On land, at sea and by rail
Of course, you can avoid kilometres on the road by choosing other means of transport. The majority of our foreign suppliers organise their own transport. But there are a few suppliers from whom we collect the goods ourselves. So we choose the means of transport with the lowest ecological footprint. More than half of the international goods for which we organise transport make their journey by train or boat.
Even in Belgium, the percentage of journeys made via water is also growing. Every year, some 5,000 containers for Colruyt Group are transported by barge from the port of Antwerp to Brussels. This saves us a lot of truck rides, and it's also cheaper and more efficient.
With this initiative, we contribute to the following Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.