The Co-op is offering a new online delivery service, initially from their Kings Road store in Chelsea, utilising e-cargobikes.com.
Deliveries to homes and offices within a 4 kilometre/2.5 mile radius will be made using an e-cargo bike able to use cycle lanes and navigate traffic more efficiently for doorstep deliveries within 2 hours: “A task neither diesel or electric vans could complete cost effectively” says the Co-op. The plan is to roll the service out to further London stores in due course.
Chris Conway, Head of Food Digital at the Co-op, said: “This is an exciting time for the Co-op. As the leaders in convenience shopping, we want to look at different ways of bringing our award-winning products closer to shoppers, and this new service with e-cargobikes.com does exactly that.”
E-Cargobikes.com offer a complete delivery service for grocers and retailers delivering within high density urban areas. Last year saw a successful Sainsbury’s trial and the company say they’ve “proved beyond doubt that e-cargo bikes are commercially viable and can deliver more for less.”
James FitzGerald of e-cargobikes.com, said: “We are thrilled that Co-op are demonstrating environmental leadership by launching their online delivery service using e-cargobikes.com. We are reimagining grocery deliveries and exploring a more sustainable transport system – our e-cargo bikes are able to deliver the same amount as a diesel-van over a shift but require only 0.5% of the energy.”