Intermodal – Tesco
Working in partnership, DRS and Stobart Rail have combined the very best of their road and rail capabilities to create a tailor made solution to meet Tesco’s requirements. The end result is a service which is providing highly efficient distribution across the UK from Tesco’s Daventry depot.
LESS CO2 for a better environment
As a responsible retailer, Tesco placed a high priority on meeting their environmental obligations. “This new service is part of our on-going commitment to be zero carbon by 2050,” said Nigel Jones, Tesco’s UK Logistics Director. He continued “utilising rail services allows us to transport products across the country in the most sustainable way, taking thousands of lorries off the road each year and reducing our carbon emissions. In addition to transferring goods from our central depot to other points for distribution to the stores, the trains will also return to our depot with goods from our key suppliers making the service even more efficient”.
Switching to an intermodal delivery solution is set to save an estimated 26,000,000 lorry miles every year, with a correspondingly dramatic reduction in CO2, as the full range of intermodal services come on line. On average, each rail journey takes 77 heavy goods vehicles off the UK’s already congested roads. This results in dramatic fuel savings and can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 80% depending on the route.
The DRS and Stobart advantage is underpinned by the use of innovative technology and a tireless attention to detail. DRS’ use of lowliner wagons allows for two additional containers to be placed on each train, further cutting costs and reducing CO2. Precise timing is vital, the dedication of our planners and crew have achieved the highest level of on-time intermodal service arrivals in the industry. When issues do arise which threaten delivery, contingency planners act immediately to minimise disruption.
Achieving the intermodal switch for Tesco is not just a significant contract win that is delivering against demanding performance and environmental targets, but it is also a big win for the wider community as this efficient service helps take vehicles off the roads. Perhaps it is best summed up by DRS Commercial Director, Chris Connelly “punctuality and reliability have been integral to enabling us to deliver the most innovative and cost effective solution and led to us winning this contract. In difficult macro-economic times we are proud that DRS is growing and employing new staff. It is an exciting time, and we look forward to working with our partners in this project, to deliver the cost effective, environmental and wider benefits for all.”