Employing over 36,000 employees and with an operational network across six continents, we are acutely aware of the potential impact which our business may have on the communities in which we operate. We recognise that being a socially responsible company enhances our overall value, both in the short and long-term, and are fully committed to the minimisation of the Group’s environmental footprint.
Our acquisition of Gnewt Cargo provides us with the opportunity to build on relationships and partnerships with public funding bodies such as Innovate UK, Transport for London and the London Mayor’s Office, as well as the UK’s best logistics academia. We are currently working on a number of research partnership projects that consider not only how we could more effectively electrify our Distribution fleets but also explore innovative methods of undertaking deliveries in urban locations in a more efficient and environmentally friendly way through the reduction of emissions and congestion. Projects include the development and utilisation of alternative electric vehicles exclusive to the UK market and the development of models that utilise more deliveries on foot whilst using electric vans as mobile depots.