Royal Mail and Ford have partnered to introduce more sustainable deliveries and have  conducted successful trials in Manchester.

Ford’s software enabled Royal Mail to use fewer vans for delivery in the trial area, and during the trial, Royal Mail decreased its van use by 50%, and reduced its daily delivery mileage by 33%.

Ford’s software enabled postmen to make deliveries with a singular vehicle supporting them. It identified safe, convenient locations for the handover of parcels to postmen and postwomen who then made deliveries to a mix of high-rise, business, and residential buildings.

Tom Thompson, Founder, Last Mile Delivery at Ford Mobility said: “Our software made it possible for Royal Mail to help reduce carbon emissions and congestion in city centres. As we enter the busiest and most magical time of year for parcels, we are delighted to see the results of this trial prove the value of delivery on foot and the effectiveness of Ford’s software in making city centres cleaner, greener and safer.”

Achim Dunnwald, Chief Operating Officer, at Royal Mail added: “Ford’s software enabled Royal Mail to reduce van usage and mileage in the trial area, whilst still offering a prompt and reliable parcel delivery service. At Royal Mail, we are continuously looking at opportunities to reduce our emissions, alongside delivering convenience to our customers.”

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