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XPO adding green logistics to Tour de France; DHL shows returns-handling is changing retail; FedEx helping AMEA customers decarbonise

XPO adding green logistics to Tour de France

XPO is serving as the official transport partner for the Tour de France for the 43rd time. 

The Tour, which began on July 1, will see a team of 70 XPO drivers transport and position 690 tons of equipment – including barriers, podiums, arches, race signage, prefabricated village furniture, and sound and video equipment after each stage.

For the first time, XPO’s fleet of 34 trucks will run entirely on biodegradable hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO), saving an estimated 100 tonnes of CO2. 

Two electric XPO trucks will be added to the fleet for the arrival of the Tour de France cyclists in Paris on Sunday, July 23. 

XPO has been testing biofuel for the Tour de France since 2021 using B100 fuel made from rapeseed oil.

Luis Gómez, President, Europe, XPO, said: "This is a proud part of XPO’s global commitment to limit CO2 emissions and also help our customers and partners pursue their goals for a greener future.”

DHL shows returns-handling is changing retail

Research from DHL Supply Chain shows the rise of returns-handling is driving change in retail and consumer goods businesses.

Nearly half of those surveyed say they are considering changes to returns-handling processes to bring down the cost and environmental impact of returns.

A third of businesses say they are already calculating the carbon emissions associated with returns and the same number plan to start doing so. 

The report says that too many returns processes are not designed for large volumes are a major challenge, with retailers seeing financial loss and environmental waste. 

According to the research, 17% of businesses are turning to disposal as their primary method for handling returned items that aren’t being restocked and sold.

A lack of integration between e-commerce and other channels is another problem, because it limits the ways returned items can be restocked and resold. 

Designing product flows and cycles in the most efficient, and environmentally friendly way is key to tackling this challenge, says DHL. 

FedEx helping AMEA customers decarbonise

FedEx is giving customers in AMEA markets access to emissions information on their shipments. 

The cloud-based data engine uses FedEx network data to estimate CO2e emissions. Customers can view emissions data for individual tracking numbers, as well as aggregate historical data for their accounts. Data displayed includes mode of transport, service type, and country or territory for all shipments.

,FedEx AMEA President Kawal Preet said: “Environmental stewardship and transparent sustainability reporting is now a universal business imperative.

“FedEx Sustainability Insights gives customers access to emissions data to help them decide how to meet consumer expectations and drive their own business and sustainability efforts forward.”

Maersk opens first Dubai cold store facility

Maersk has opened its first cold store in Dubai, UAE. It is strategically located, near Jebel Ali Port, Al Maktoum International Airport, and has road access across the UAE, as well as an Etihad Rail freight terminal.

The move follows growing consumer demand for more choices for frozen and refrigerated foods.

Maersk will provide B2B and B2C fulfilment operations, e-commerce solutions to retailers and distributors, as well as value-added services such as labelling, repacking and last-mile delivery to retail outlets.

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