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INDUSTRY NEWS
Survey shows consumers want to choose
the green option
ByBox, the UK's leader in overnight parts delivery. And as the deliveries are made
distribution, has the solution for green- at night when the roads are less
minded consumers who want to buy congested there is less chance of delays
products distributed with the minimum drivers cover less distance and do not
possible impact on the environment. The use as much fuel. The result is a more-
need for such a service has been further consumer friendly, carbon and time
reinforced by the latest survey by online efficient service where goods still arrive
retail group IMRG which shows that more on time but with fewer miles traveled.
than three-quarters of consumers would
ByBox already makes 20 million deliveries
choose a carbon-friendly delivery method
a year in the UK using this system,
over traditional delivery methods – and
primarily for the distribution of parts and
many even said they would pay more for
deliveries into a single location, transport
equipment urgently required by
carbon-friendly delivery.
them at night when there is less
congestion and less likelihood of delay,
companies with mobile service teams.
The Logistics Research Centre at Heriot-
and deliver them into a dropbox for the
But it has plans to extend the reach of the
Watt University assisted with the analysis
customer to collect when most
service to benefit the many more
and calculations of the ByBox study.
convenient. The delivery system removes
consumers now using online retailing and
Consequently ByBox’ carbon footprint is
the need for legions of small vans on the
others that require more flexible,
significantly less than companies using
roads during the day trying to make
convenient and regular delivery methods
standard distribution methods. The ByBox
deliveries to people who are not there
for all manner of goods. ByBox Chief
distribution system is 83 per cent more
and thus, inevitably, having to make
Executive Stuart Miller said: "Global
efficient than traditional methods. The
return visits, increasing congestion and
warming is a major issue and everyone
system means that distribution vehicles
fuel consumption. It also means that
has to play their part reducing emissions.
travel five times fewer miles per parcel
customers need not go to a depot to
“We are glad to be able to innovate in the
than vehicles using traditional delivery
collect their parcels should they not be distribution sector and find new methods
methods,
present when delivery is attempted – that both reduce emissions and provide
The ByBox ‘pass the parcel’ system is thereby eradicating additional journeys cutting-edge solutions that meet the
simple but effective - consolidate multiple that add to the environmental impact of needs of our customers.”
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