Geodis has been appointed by wholesaler Cotswold Fayre to manage its warehousing and the distribution of its portfolio of fine foods, making it the wholesaler in the UK to be completely carbon-neutral.
The wholesaler approached the company because of its ‘green’ reputation and to help reduce its carbon footprint and minimise the environmental impact on deliveries.
Geodis has been delivering all of Cotswold Fayre’s shipments to its 1,750 customers since March, and from August will provide a complete supplier to retailer logistics service. This will include collecting products from listed suppliers, warehousing and stock management and picking orders for direct delivery to retailers.
The process will avoid the additional environmental impact of trucking 45% of the goods through regional distribution hubs. All of Geodis’s fleet is Euro 6 compliant and will therefore not attract an extra charge to enter London’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone.
Due to these increased efficiencies, Cotswold Fayre’s carbon footprint will be reduced pro-rata with a total of 1.7 million less miles travelled; a 46% reduction in carbon emissions. The remaining carbon output incurred will be offset, meaning that Cotswold Fayre will be the first wholesaler in the UK to be completely carbon-neutral.