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Tesco and suppliers deliver greener Christmas through new trucks trial

Tesco’s distribution teams are partnering with 15 of the supermarket’s major suppliers in bid to reduce the number of trucks on the road this Christmas. The… View Article

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Tesco and suppliers deliver greener Christmas through new trucks trial

Tesco’s distribution teams are partnering with 15 of the supermarket’s major suppliers in bid to reduce the number of trucks on the road this Christmas.

The retailer has revealed that its ‘road traffic control’ team has reviewed which suppliers deliver to the same locations and has consolidated and streamlined the routes suppliers use when delivering to distribution centres.

Tesco said its process finds products that can fit into spaces on a truck by filling in the gaps. This has resulted in more than 3,400 trucks being taken off the road so far and a saving of over 450 tonnes of CO2.

Trudy Wilson, head of supplier ordering at Tesco, said: “By working closely with our suppliers and joining them up to use each other’s transport routes, we’re delighted to have delivered savings in emissions and costs for suppliers. The ‘Tetris’-style project helps us use as much space as possible in our trucks over the Christmas period, making the most of every journey and helping to keep trucks off the road at a busy time of year.”

Tesco is hoping to expand the project with more suppliers coming on board.

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