Retailers going green and aiming for next-day delivery, report finds

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Sustainability and carbon emissions are key considerations for enterprise retailers according to the latest barometer from Bringg, a data-led delivery and fulfilment cloud platform provider.

Retailers are going green to reduce carbon emissions and meet net-zero initiatives its Bringg Barometer: State of Retail Delivery and Fulfilment reported. Respondents indicated that fleets with EV are becoming common delivery vehicles to use for fulfilment. Over half of retail respondents are using eco-friendly options such as electric bikes or cars.

The survey showed 56% of retailers are using fleets with EV vehicles, and 1 in 3 using bike fleets. While, 33% are also turning to crowdsourced delivery; this, along with using multiple fleets for different geographic regions, and bike fleets are all methods of supporting hyperlocal and fast delivery.

Additionally, the barometer highlighted that traditional methods of a single delivery provider is no longer able to meet new e-commerce delivery volumes, as seen by the 55% of retailers using multiple fleets for delivery.

Bringg asked which type delivery methods were in use, this question allowed more than one answer and as result percentages will add up to more than 100%

The use of multiple sustainable fleets is in part to try and achieve the goal of next-day delivery, with 99% of retailers aiming to offer the service by 2025.

There is also a clear trend towards last-mile delivery, the report stated with more than two-thirds of retailers are using department and mall stores as local fulfilment centres or ‘dark stores’ (67%). Many of the businesses surveyed already use ship-from-store (58%) and micro-fulfilment centres (44%) to get closer to customers.

Furthermore, the barometer reported concerns retailers have as a result of the e-commerce boom with almost 1 in 4 (24%) struggling to meet delivery times. This challenge, along with a lack of visibility, points to delivery operations that are not set up for next-day delivery, including a lack of visibility and too far a distance between current warehousing and delivery points.

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