Italian supermarket chain Conad is working on making its logistics network increasingly sustainable and efficient by implementing various measures.
These range from protecting the environment and its resources to improving the working conditions of operators, optimising of vehicles and travel, and step up the efficiency of transport and delivery times.
Spearheading Conad’s efforts towards increasingly efficient and sustainable logistics is the Conad Logistics project, launched in 2020.
The volumes transported by Conad Logistics in 2021 have increased 98% compared to 2020, leading to greater optimisation of the hours of use of drivers and vehicles, leading to a lower environmental impact.
Fleet efficiency has been improved with the introduction of Euro 6 and LNG vehicles, which traveled 3% more km than the previous year, positively impacting both CO2eq and particulate matter (PMx) emissions.
Optimisation Of Distribution
In addition, the centralisation and thus optimisation of distribution flows, through intermodal solutions with choice of alternative means to road transport especially for long distances, also made a fundamental contribution.
According to Andrea Mantelli, supply chain director of Conad, the effectiveness of the innovative transport management is demonstrated by the fact that in 2021 Conad managed to increase the weight of goods moved by 9%, while increasing the related emissions by only 3%.
Among the solutions to address the new challenges, such as the shortage of professional drivers in Europe, are reducing the number of trips by increasing the carrying capacity of vehicles and increasing the use of intermodal transport services for long-distance routes, reducing the number of trips and emissions; and optimising the use of drivers' time and hours.