Quiet deliveries

DHL gives out-of-hours deliveries the thumbs up

July 22, 2013

DHL said it would jump at the chance to expand the amount of out-of-hours deliveries it makes in line with customer demand, but London’s councils need to support the move. In response to the launch of The Roads Task Force (RTF) report earlier this month, Hugh Basham, director of transport strategy at DHL Supply Chain, said if the vision put forward was realised it would help tackle congestion in the capital. “The Olympics demonstrated the ability for London’s network to […]

Air quality

Silent night

July 11, 2011 Laura Hailstone

If a retailer wants to consider handling deliveries outside the traditional peak delivery window, there are numerous hoops to jump through and, until now, the potential benefits have not seemed worthwhile. But the results of the DfT-funded Quiet Delivery Demonstration Scheme (QDDS) trials have shown there are a significant number of benefits available – both commercial and environmental. Faster round-trip journey times; reduced vehicle turnaround times at stores; better fuel consumption from less time spent stationary, idling in congestion; improved […]

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Driver training

Night-time deliveries can save fuel and CO2

July 4, 2011 Laura Hailstone

Operators can reduce their fuel bills and lower their carbon emissions if they are allowed to make out-of-hours deliveries. The results of the Quiet Deliveries Demonstration Scheme (QDDS) trials, unveiled last week, show a raft of operational benefits as well as wider gains for local communities. Developed jointly by the FTA, the Noise Abatement Society, and the DfT, the QDDS involved trials at six sites belonging to Tesco, Superdrug, Asda, Morrisons, Marks & Spencer, and Sainsbury’s. Although only four of […]

Quiet deliveries

Love thy neighbour

March 28, 2011

As noise complaints about operators increase, Roger Brown looks at ways to keep local residents happy Road transport can be a noisy business, and operators could be vulnerable to noise complaints from nearby residents and businesses. However, experts tell MT that many noise disturbance problems with neighbours can be tackled if firms adopt a two- pronged approach: better training for drivers and greater investment in noise reduction technology. Behavioural changes According to Natalie Chapman, FTA head of policy for the […]

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Congestion

Silent night trial a hit with Sainsbury’s

February 14, 2008 Ashleigh Wight

The supermarket’s night-time deliveries get thumbs-up from council Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s claims its recent trial of night-time deliveries has proved successful and could be replicated elsewhere in the UK. The three-month pilot took place late last year in Wandsworth, and involved rescheduling two early morning deliveries to the south-west London store to 1.30am and 3.30am respectively, using a vehicle with a variety of noise-reducing measures. The licence to carry out night deliveries has been extended and the firm is now […]