Co-op has launched a new online delivery service in partnership with e-cargobikes.com, a provider of zero-emission last-mile delivery services for retailers across the UK.
The online service will be initially available to shoppers within four kilometres of the Co-op store on Kings Road, Chelsea before being rolled out to further London stores. Shoppers will be able to order products via www.shop.coop.co.uk, which will then be delivered to their homes or offices within two hours.
Chris Conway, Head of Food Digital at the Co-op, said: “This is an exciting time for the Co-op. As the leaders in convenience shopping, we want to look at different ways of bringing our award-winning products closer to shoppers, and this new service with e-cargobikes.com does exactly that.”
e-cargobikes.com offers a zero-emission last-mile delivery platform for retailers and grocers throughout the UK, as an alternative to van-based last-mile delivery, and last year completed a pioneering trial with Sainsbury’s. The company was featured in Business green’s Future Jobs Hub as part of Green GB Week, supported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
James FitzGerald, Managing Director of e-cargobikes.com, said: “We are thrilled that Co-op are demonstrating environmental leadership by launching their online delivery service using e-cargobikes.com. We are re-imagining grocery deliveries and exploring a more sustainable transport system – our e-cargobikes are able to deliver the same amount as a diesal-van over a shift but require only 0.5% of the energy.”
According to e-cargobikes.com, the bikes can deliver the same amount as a conventional 3.5 tonne diesel van over an eight hour shift. Using the well-to-wheel metric, which measures the total energy required to power a vehicle including fuel production, one e-cargobike requires less than 0.5% of the energy needed to power a the above van over eight hours.
With a carrying capacity of 125 kg/470 litres, a single e-cargobike can deliver 96% of grocery orders and the remaining 4% of orders, typically bulkier items, can be carried by two e-cargobikes delivering in tandem.