Operators looking for a zero-emission, last-mile delivery service now have a new nationwide option to consider with the launch of Zedify.

The national, last-mile operation has been created by the founders of two cargo bike firms, Cambridge-based Outspoken Delivery and Brighton-based Recharge Cargo, alongside tech company Skotkonung.

Zedify has already set up a number of delivery hubs in London, Glasgow, Waltham Forest, Brighton and Norwich. It aims to expand across the whole of the UK starting with a new site in Edinburgh next month.

It already works with TNT UK and, in Cambridge, APC Overnight.

Goods can be dropped off at the hub by freight operators and sorted into local delivery rounds for cargo bikes capable of carrying up to to 250kg, or electric vans for heavier items.

Zedify co-founder Rob King said: “Demand for deliveries to door and desk is booming, but our cities just can’t cope with ever-increasing numbers of diesel vans contributing to the toxic mix of poor air-quality and increased congestion.

“Businesses, especially retailers, need to step up and decouple the last mile of their deliveries to more sustainable services – which Zedify now enables them to do.”

Marc Glen, logistics manager at Abcam, which produces scientific research kits, said: “Our customers are always overwhelmingly positive about the service they receive from Zedify.

"We fully welcome the change in scale and ambition of the business. The new IT platform they’ve introduced has been a huge benefit, meaning we can book and order deliveries online and get digital proof of delivery in real time."