Last Mile Brief 21/08/2023: bpost to bring 14 double deck trailers into use this year
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bpost has said it will bring 14 double deck trailers into use by the end of this year. The double deck trailers will be used to transport letters and parcels between the five major sorting centres and the hundreds of distribution centres across Belgium.
The first double deck trailers (DDT) were added to bpost’s fleet of trucks in 2020.
The new trailers will be procured rather than leased, adding to the 10 double deck trailers currently in the company’s fleet. That number will increase to 14 by the end of this year and 38 by 2024.
Some of these trailers are equipped with options like a movable floor and solar panels on the roof.
The movable floor makes loading and unloading a snap compared with fixed floor trailers, while the top deck floor is lowered to ensure it is flush with the loading dock. Moreover, the solar panels generate the power needed to operate the movable floor and loading flap operations.
The double deck trailer accommodates 69 trolleys (44 on the upper deck, 25 on the lower deck), compared with a standard trailer’s 44-trolley capacity. As a result, DDTs have 60% more total capacity per journey, which means fewer journeys and fewer trucks on the road. The double deck trailers contribute to a better environment and a 40% reduction in carbon emissions.
Commenting on the additions to bpost’s fleet, Jos Donvil, CEO of bpost Belgium, said:
“We are investing heavily as an e-commerce and logistics service provider in sustainable delivery of parcels and letters, with regard to both distribution and transport. We have already committed to slash our carbon emissions by 55% by 2030. Our transition to a greener fleet is key to achieving that target. We are making our daily journeys greener through a balanced mix of sustainable vehicles, including double deck trailers, LNG trucks and electrical vehicles.”