Collaboration of retailers results in 60% CO2 reduction

Where logistics cooperation among retailers seemed to be a problem for years, the distribution centers of PLUS Middenbeemster and SPAR Alkmaar have been supplied with the same car since the beginning of this year. Twice a week an LHV from PLUS establishes both locations with combined freight from shippers HJ Heinz, Hero and SCA

Where logistics cooperation among retailers seemed to be a problem for years, the distribution centers of PLUS Middenbeemster and SPAR Alkmaar have been supplied with the same car since the beginning of this year. Twice a week an LHV from PLUS establishes both locations with combined freight from shippers HJ Heinz, Hero and SCA.
This takes place within the framework of the so-called GROEI network, which Nabuurs has set up together with the aforementioned shippers. In close cooperation with the retailers involved, this network is gradually being expanded. PLUS, like wholesale company Sligro and retail chain EMTÉ, has been involved for some time in projects of the GROEI Network; for SPAR this was the first project.

Same delivery frequency, 60% less CO 2 emissions
This concerns two deliveries per week, on Mondays and Wednesdays, which are carried out with an LHV from PLUS and under the direction of Nabuurs. The delivery frequency per shipper remained unchanged, while the total number of deliveries in this project was reduced by more than 30%. Total CO 2 emissions have been reduced by more than 60% through the initiative.

GROWTH Network
The GROEI Network is an initiative of Nabuurs, supported by consultancy firm Pure Birds, which is intended to bundle logistical networks of suppliers and retailers and thus eliminate unnecessary movements. The first step in this was set in collaboration with Sligro, EMTE and PLUS in early 2014 by synchronizing the delivery days of the suppliers involved at the locations of the participating retailers. The next step was to optimize the total load factor to be able to deliver full cars. The third step is the combined delivery of various retailers. With the delivery of the distribution centers of PLUS Middenbeemster and SPAR Alkmaar, this project has now been successfully rolled out.

The reason that co-promoter wholesaler Sligro and retail chain EMTE could not now join has its origins in geographical location. These locations are too far apart to make successful combinations. This is easy to do at SPAR Alkmaar and PLUS Midden Beemster. In the future, it will be scaled up with other parties so that multiple locations can connect to the GROEI Network.
Response PLUS
Rowell Versleijen, director of logistics: "The results are absolutely fantastic, and that is only possible if all parties contribute and all bears are swept away on the road. You always have to keep the entire chain under consideration. One of our goals for 2015 is to further reduce CO 2 emissions. This cooperation is a good example of this. I am convinced that there is even more potential in chain-wide cooperation and I see this process as a good start and example for others. "

SPAR Netherlands reaction
Edwin Brekelmans, supply chain manager: "A project like this can only come about if you are prepared in advance to invest time and energy. You also want to have the flexibility to make adjustments in your own organization that are in the service of the entire project. We show that through collaboration you can achieve mileage reduction, CO 2 reduction and ultimately cost reduction and efficiency in the chain. Especially in this time, where retailers have to be alert to costs, this is a great result. "

FMCG producers reaction
Customer logistics manager Gretta Schoonderbeek (SCA), also on behalf of HJ Heinz and Hero: "As shippers, we are very enthusiastic about this next step. We strive to supply full cars together. That this has now succeeded over two retailers is unique. The fact that use is also made of each other's transport capacity is a good example of the way in which we can make better use of the available resources. By supplying the SPAR distribution center with the PLUS LZV, we physically take a car out of the way. "

Comment Nabuurs
Operational director Tjebbe Nabuurs: "The special thing about the GROEI Network is that we are not guided by our own interests. We create the best way for the products through a neutral approach to the total supply chain. We connect on the basis of equal cooperation, by using each other's resources within one network. This allows us to really contribute to a more sustainable logistics and ultimately benefit all participants of the GROEI Network. "

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About Nabuurs
With 21 locations, 1, 150 employees and an annual turnover of more than 115 million euros, the Nabuurs Group is one of the 15 largest logistic service providers in the Netherlands. Nabuurs develops and implements innovative supply chain concepts for Fast Moving Consumer Goods (specialization Food) within the Benelux. Aim: to find the best way for products, in terms of costs, service and sustainability. Nabuurs works for, among others, HJ Heinz, Hero Benelux, SCA Hygiene Products, Refresco, Danone and AB InBev. See also www.nabuurs.nl.

About PLUS Retail
PLUS Retail is an important player in the Dutch food market with 254 supermarkets. This organization of independent supermarket entrepreneurs is distinguished by its cooperative structure. At PLUS the brand values ​​Attention, Quality, Local and Responsible are central. The PLUS Retail organization consists of the service office in Utrecht, three regional distribution centers in Haaksbergen, Ittervoort and Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht and a national distribution center in Middenbeemster. See also www.plus.nl/over-plus.

About SPAR
With over 12, 000 stores in 30 countries and a total retail turnover of € 28.5 billion, SPAR is one of the largest food retailers in the world. The basis of the SPAR organization in the Netherlands is formed by more than 260 independent SPAR stores and 105 Attent stores. All these stores are supplied from two distribution centers: DC Noord in Alkmaar and DC Zuid in Waalwijk. SPAR is owned by Sligro (45%), Sperwer (45%) and local entrepreneurs.