UK startup establishes zero-emissions delivery hub

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Green logistics company Zedify has launched a zero-emissions delivery hub in the city of Bristol in the UK.

The company received a £100,000 (US$136,000) grant from Bristol city council, which will be invested in a fleet of electric cargo bikes and trikes. The council’s investment was provided under its ‘One City Plan’, which aims to have 95% of deliveries within the city center made by electric vehicles within 10 years.

The depot is to be centrally located and will allow HGVs and diesel vans bringing goods into Bristol to drop off without entering the city center. Zedify notes its model consolidates inbound packages with local deliveries, and each route is then completed using a cargo bike or trike carrying up to 100 packages, or 200kg. Local businesses in Bristol with a home delivery model should be able to benefit from a same-day local delivery service via the new hub.

Zedify Bristol’s managing director, Simon Whitehead, commented, “With online retail booming, having grown by around 70% in 2020, the logistics sector has been brought into the spotlight. At Zedify we are proud to be shaking things up, not only through our green delivery model but also by paying all our staff a real Living Wage. Bristol businesses now have a truly ethical, sustainable and cost-effective option for sending and receiving packages.”

Zedify Bristol’s new depot is part of its growing national urban network which comprises nine micro consolidation hubs across the UK.   

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