Sustainable distribution: FMCG in the UK and Europe
Leading food and consumer goods suppliers and retailers, including many household brands, have been working together, sharing vehicles and warehousing, to save tens of millions of journey miles and litres of diesel fuel per year, equivalent to removing a thousand trucks from UK roads. This is in line with a key objective of the Food Industry Sustainability Strategy for the UK grocery industry to reduce the social and environmental costs of domestic food transport by 20% by 2012.
Improvements from companies of all sizes are being inspired and enabled by the industry-led and resourced Sustainable Distribution Workgroup of Efficient Consumer Response (ECR UK). They have established an industry measure and developed practical tools and training events that are being shared widely within the industry. An ECR Europe Sustainable Transport Workgroup is now encouraging hundreds of companies to deliver fewer and friendlier miles across the continent.
The list of participating companies reads like a ‘Who is Who’ of FMCG and retail in the UK and Europe: Asda Stores Ltd, Bakkavor Ltd, Booker Group plc, Boots, Brakes, Coca Cola Enterprises Ltd, Colgate Palmolive (UK) Ltd, Compass Group plc, Coors, Cooperative Group Ltd, Dairy Crest Group plc, Gerber Juice Company Ltd, H.J. Heinz Co Ltd, Iceland Foods Ltd, Johnson & Johnson Ltd, Kellogg Marketing & Sales Co, Kimberly-Clark Ltd, Kraft Foods Ltd, L’Oreal Golden Ltd, Marks & Spencer plc, Mars (UK), Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc, Muller Dairy (UK) Ltd, Musgrave Retail Partners GB, Nestle UK Ltd, Northern Foods plc, Palmer & Harvey McLane Ltd, Pepsico UK & Ireland Ltd, Premier Foods Group Ltd, Procter & Gamble UK, Robert Wiseman & Sons Ltd, Sainsbury’s, Somerfield Stores Ltd, Tesco Stores Ltd, Unilever UK, United Biscuits, Waitrose Ltd.
James Tupper, ECR learning & change manager at IGD, will be giving the international keynote presentation at Smart 2009 Conference on 10-11 June in Sydney. Click here for more information and to register.