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IKEA deliveries to be all electric by 2025

All delivery and assembly vehicles at IKEA are to be electric by 2025 as part of the ambitious IKEA People and Planet Positive Strategy.
IKEA Australia has announced a commitment to use only electric vehicles for all of its operations and services by 2025, with the roll out starting immediately. In partnership with transport service providers, the roll out will see electric vehicles (EV) used for home deliveries and assembly services with a vision to create a better everyday life for many people.
IKEA will be the first home furnishing company in Australia to have EV last-mile deliveries and assembly services, emphasising its commitment to lower its carbon footprint and to be an industry leader in helping people and planet. The announcement is part of the business’s goal to work with local partners and customers to be Circular and Climate Positive.
Ingka Group is a member of The Climate Group’s EV100 initiative for accelerating the global shift to electric vehicles, and as part of its global EV strategy, by 2020 one quarter of all customer delivery vehicles will be electric, with the transition to electric vehicles complete by 2025. IKEA China has already achieved 100% EV deliveries in Shanghai.
In Australia, there are currently seven IKEA EV on the road, which are owned and operated by its service providers based in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Six of the EV fleet are currently responsible for last mile delivery.
A trial of the first of these EV, conducted since April 2018 across IKEA stores in Victoria, has seen a total of 3,500 deliveries to customers. IKEA aims to reach a 5% EV roll out in conjunction with its partners in FY19, 10% in FY20 and 100% in FY25. Based on the manufacturers’ specifications, one truck is estimated to save 36.3 metric tonnes of CO2 annually.
IKEA Australia country manager Jan Gardberg said: “At IKEA we want to drive positive change. That’s why we are committed to achieving zero emissions from delivery vehicles and ensuring 100% of our fleet will be electric vehicles.
“This is just one of the many initiatives and ambitions we have in place as part of our 2030 People and Planet Positive Strategy. Our end goal is to have a positive impact on people and the planet, and while IKEA is a large global organisation, we can’t do this alone. We’re excited to be partnering with many like-minded organisations in Australia and around the globe to help us create impact and drive positive change.”
The move has been welcomed by The Climate Group. Head of EV100 at The Climate Group Sandra Roling said: “As a member of our EV100 initiative, IKEA is leading the way in making the switch to electric transport. It is great to see the implementation of their global commitment to drive change around the world.
“Global consumer brands like IKEA have a crucial opportunity to inspire faster action on electric transport, while showing their customers the wider societal benefits it brings.
“We want to see many more companies in Australia follow IKEA’s lead.”
The EV strategy is part of IKEA’s wider Global People and Planet Positive Strategy. The strategy sets the direction for all IKEA franchisees and covers three focus areas:

  1. Healthy & Sustainable living – inspiring and enabling more than 1 billion people to live a better everyday life within the limits of the planet.
  2. Circular & Climate Positive – transforming into a circular business and becoming climate positive by reducing more greenhouse gas emissions than the IKEA value chain emits, reducing the climate footprint of IKEA products and operations in absolute terms.
  3. Fair and Equal – creating positive social impact for everyone across the IKEA value chain and in all areas of the IKEA business.

In addition to the EV vehicle rollout, the IKEA Global People and Planet Positive Strategy includes commitments to:

  • Removing all single-use plastic products from the IKEA range globally and from customer and co-worker restaurants in stores by 2020
  • Designing all IKEA products with new ‘circular economy’ principles, with the goal to only use renewable and recycled materials
  • Offering services that make it easier for people to bring home, care for and pass on products
  • Increasing the proportion of plant-based choices in the IKEA food offer, such as the veggie hot dog launching globally later this year
  • Becoming climate positive and reducing the total IKEA climate footprint by an average of 70% per product by working together with home furnishing suppliers across their factory operations
  • Achieving zero emission home deliveries by 2025
  • Expanding the offer of affordable home solar solutions from five IKEA markets to 29 IKEA markets by 2025.

CEVA Logistics expands global partnership with IKEA as it opens New York Distribution Centre

CEVA Logistics and IKEA have celebrated the opening of a new Customer Distribution Center (CDC) at Staten Island on the US east coast.
Under a five-year deal to provide warehouse management and fulfilment services, CEVA will manage the 975,000 sq ft (906,000 sq m) site.
Built on a previously vacant 200 acre piece on land on the west shore of Staten Island, the focus of the new CDC will be on delivering items to customers who order products online or purchase larger items at an IKEA store or Planning Studio for home delivery. The facility is already fully operational and works seven days a week.
Brett Bissell, CEVA’s Chief Operating Officer, Contract Logistics, who represented the company at the recent Grand Opening, told the audience: “We have developed an excellent working relationship with IKEA where we have focused on the cultural alignment between our two companies so that we can deliver the operational excellence IKEA demands every time.
“We’ve used our logistics expertise to design and deliver solid solutions which specifically meet your needs and enable this huge facility to run effectively.  We then combine the skills and experience of our operations managers and supply chain designers to make the building work for you on a day-to-day basis.”
“We are proud to partner with CEVA logistics to operate our new Staten Island fulfilment center, which has brought 200 new jobs in the market,” said Tanja Dysli, Customer Fulfillment Manager, IKEA Retail U.S. “The new facility will help meet the delivery needs of our New York-area customers whether they are shopping in our stores, the IKEA Planning Studio or online.”
CEVA and IKEA have worked together since 2015 with successful working partnerships in the UK and Australia.

Leadership change at ANC

Fleet home delivery company ANC has announced two new senior management appointments – Stephen Sloane has recently taken up the position of NSW State Manager, Operations, while internally, Brett Randall has been appointed National Manager, Innovation and Improvement.
ANC provides last-mile delivery for Australian and international brands such as Bunnings Warehouse, IKEA, Fantastic Furniture, Telstra, Australian Cement and Fuji Xerox.
Stephen Sloane joins ANC following a 19-year tenure at Startrack, most recently as National Fleet & Facility Manager, having started as a contracted driver.
“I’m impressed by ANC’s growth over the past two years, and its plans for the future, so am excited by the opportunities this role will afford everyone,” said Sloane.
He will oversee the state-wide delivery of dedicated fleet management, client and customer services and report to the National Manager Operations, Roger Cengarle.
Brett Randall has been with ANC for over 30 years, starting out in the business as a contracted driver, progressing through sales and operational ranks to his current role overseeing strategy through innovation and improvement programs nationally.
Randall is a member of the National Executive Team and reports directly to CEO Don Mills and MD James Taylor.
“This new role in innovation and improvement is testament to ANC’s focus on future leadership for the sector, ensuring that we’re providing the best efficiencies and service possible for our clients and their customers,” he said.
“I’ve seen this organisation grow from 20 vehicles dealing with small packages to a $69 million national business and I am excited to be part of the next strategic phase in a dynamic industry.”
Taylor commented on the new appointments, “We have recently redesigned our senior leadership structure to reflect our national approach, and welcome these two new roles which are part of a larger strategy. People are our biggest asset and we know that these new internal and external appointments are going to give us the edge in the delivery sector, which is changing at an extraordinary pace.”

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