Yodel has signed a strategic partnership deal with Delivery Mates, which will see it expand its delivery services in Glasgow using cargo bikes.

The cargo bikes are part of Delivery Mates’ extensive fleet of carbon free vehicles. 

Announcing the deal, Delivery Mates and Yodel said the collaboration sets a new standard for environmentally conscious logistics solutions in Glasgow, with the use of cargo bikes significantly reducing carbon emissions, as well as helping to cut congestion in the city and ensuring efficient, quicker, reliable deliveries.

Kevin Savage, Delivery Mates’ chief executive, said: ”We are excited about our partnership with Yodel as we believe it aligns perfectly with our vision of creating a more sustainable and efficient delivery ecosystem.

”By incorporating cargo bikes into our operations, we are not only reducing our carbon footprint but also actively contributing to improving the urban environment in Glasgow.”

Mike Hancox, Yodel chief executive, added: ”We are really looking forward to working with Delivery Mates and expanding our delivery services in Glasgow.

”We are proud of the progress we have already made on our journey towards net zero and this partnership further signifies our commitment to sustainable delivery options and reducing our climate impact.”

Earlier this month Yodel was saved from insolvency when it was bought by YDLGP. The consortium includes 29-year-old entrepreneur Jacob Corlett, founder of Shift, the tech-based delivery firm which bought Tuffnells in June last year.

YDLGP plans to form a “disruptive logistics powerhouse” serving both the parcels market through the Yodel business, and larger, irregular dimensions and weights (IDW) freight through the Tuffnells brand, all underpinned by Shift’s AI driven technology platform.

The purchase, for an undisclosed sum, sees  YDLGP take on Yodel’s client base, which includes Very.co.uk, Wren Kitchens, Gousto, Vinted, Whistl and Argos.

The parcel delivery firm makes more than 190 million deliveries annually from its 47 customer delivery depots and three sortation hubs.