Our vehicles and deliveries: responsible driving
Our flexible distribution fleet runs 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. With an ever growing fleet of vehicles Reynolds places a huge amount of focus on reducing the carbon emissions from all transport and distribution related activities.
Reynolds has invested significant resources in ensuring its vehicles are put to best use. Around one third of all of our fresh produce is collected from suppliers by us on backhaul, to minimise movement of empty vehicles. Not only does it make great commercial sense, but it also helps us save an estimated 500,000 food miles per year. In recent years Reynolds has managed to reduce its average fleet miles per gallon by over 10 % year-on-year and we are still improving.
Reynolds aims to achieve a reduction in carbon emissions by focusing on advanced driver training, combined with the increased use of bio-fuels across our distribution fleet.
The key to improving our environmental impact is the monitoring of key performance indicators including:
- More efficient deliveries through the use of TruckStops, a sophisticated routing and load optimisation system
- Monitoring of fuel versus mileage in conjunction with driver training, focused on more efficient driving techniques
- The use of SmartDrive cameras within the cabs which help provide feedback to drivers and monitor improvements following training
- Engine monitoring and diagnostics
Our vehicles and business processes are being constantly reviewed to ensure we embrace the latest advances in environmental technology. The most recent changes to our fleet include:
- Our new Urban Prototype vehicles which have been especially commissioned by Reynolds to provide safer, smarter and quieter night time deliveries to city centre locations.
- A purchasing strategy for new vehicles which includes using vehicles where fridges have direct drive units, removing the need for diesel dependant fridges
- Urban artics and double decker vehicles are used, ensuring we can make fewer, larger deliveries to our customers and satellite depots
- We are constantly evaluating electric vehicle technology
Reynolds holds bronze membership of the Freight Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS), part of the wider London Freight Plan. The scheme provides a quality and performance benchmark for the freight industry and Reynolds is one of the first suppliers in the foodservice industry to achieve this standard.
FORS is a unique, industry‐led membership scheme that aims to transform freight delivery in London. Members need to demonstrate commitment to health and safety, managing work‐related road risk and improving efficiency.
The scheme aims to help its members become even safer, more environmentally focused, more efficient and better equipped to deal with driving in London. We actively encourage our suppliers to become members too, helping ensure best practice across our supply chain.