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Efficient logistics saves resources and protects the environment.

In Germany alone, the REWE Group has around 1.2 billion cartons in more than 35 million transport units from over 20 warehouse locations delivered to the stores by lorry. IT- based tour planning continually optimises transport efficiency so that the vehicles are operated at more than 90 per cent of their capacity.

The company modernises its fleet of vehicles continually. Lorries with a low emissions class are consistently replaced by vehicles with the latest low-emissions technology. The company even optimised the procurement logistics, which organises the flow of goods between the producer and the sales area. Transport service providers now pick up the goods at the producer’s location and deliver them bundled to the REWE warehouse. The result of this is a considerable reduction in incoming deliveries. The deliveries are also processed faster and the freight rooms are utilised more effectively. This results in a huge reduction of the number of empty journeys. In addition, the REWE Group managed to reduce its entire freight transport volume, thereby lowering the amount of fuel required.

The flow of goods are separated according to Full-Range Stores and Discount Stores. In doing so, the warehouse network structure was reorganised and optimised.

REWE International AG has defined a goal of reducing its CO2 emissions by seven per cent in the sector of mobility and logistics by 2012. In Germany, the measures also include fuel-saving training sessions for lorry and car drivers, the gradual conversion of the car fleet to fuel-saving models, the use of double-decker lorries to reduce trips and using a blend of up to 20 per cent alternative fuels at the company fuel station.