In the year ending March 2018, leading supply chain expert Fowler Welch increased its MPG from 9.43MPG to 9.75MPG, reducing carbon emissions by a further 2,000 tonnes from 2017, across its fleet alone.
This 3.4% reduction of carbon emissions is the well-earned result of continued focus on sustainability initiatives across the Fowler Welch business. Over the last few years, Fowler Welch has worked across its fleet, warehouses and alongside customers, putting targeted investment into its overall sustainability, leading to a total 14% carbon emissions in the past five years.
With over 450 trucks on the road, fleet represented a significant opportunity for carbon reduction for the business, so a number of initiatives were introduced, including telematics across all vehicles and a driver league table recognising ‘good driver behaviours’ including cruise control, load sympathy and braking control’, which has impacted MPG significantly.
Nick Hay, CEO of Fowler Welch said, “Across the business we have a real focus on driving down carbon emissions. We’ve left no stone unturned in our efforts to reduce carbon emissions by a combination of investing in better, more carbon-efficient equipment, adopting innovative technology and implementing strategic carbon reduction collaborations with our customers.
“As a result, since 2012 we have significantly cut overall energy consumption via a range of initiatives by over 14%, and the latest MPG results show that our efforts are continuing to see great success. Our holistic approach to our environmental impact is saving over 10,000 tonnes of CO2 per annum, and with a further 2,000 tonnes reduced, it is definitely a positive reflection on our targeted investments, which in turn positions us as a market-leading low carbon transport and storage business.”
Fowler Welch has also recently been nominated for the Motor Transport Partnership award for its partnership with Dairy Crest, as well as The Grocer Gold Award Logistics Supplier of the Year award.
Fowler Welch doubles volume with Worldwide Fruit
Fowler Welch has won additional business from long-standing customer Worldwide Fruit, doubling the volume of product stored and distributed via its national network.
The additional growth has been realised in two key areas. Firstly, an increase in services involved in serving one of their key accounts, distributing predominantly apples and pears from both the Spalding and Teynham depots, as well as Worldwide Fruit’s Kent pack houses. The additional quantity of pallets to be stored and distributed will provide an uplift of approximately 50% on 2017 volumes.
Further growth within Worldwide Fruit avocado and stone fruit business operating across a number of key high street retailers, saw the Lincolnshire based business require additional services.
Worldwide Fruit operations director, Neal Collishaw said: “Having worked with Fowler Welch for many years, we are well aware of the first class service they offer day-to-day, as well as going above and beyond to find specific solutions that work for our business. So as our volume grew, it was a tried, tested and trusted friend of our business we turned to.
Our initial requirement is to store around 800 pallets weekly, and at a time when traceability is more important than ever to the success of a supply chain, the reporting and communication that Fowler Welch offers provides our business with a confident, compliant and professional traceability service. We have daily detailed communications with both operating locations to ensure a constant, smooth operation with our pack houses.
Worldwide Fruit has been a long-term Fowler Welch customer, using a number of various transport solutions through Spalding and Kent, with local transport movements between Worldwide Fruit and local pack houses being added to the service over time.
David Cooke, key account manager at Fowler Welch commented: “Throughout our 20 year relationship with Worldwide Fruit, we have invested time in understanding the business and developed a service that has been flexible to grow and develop alongside the business’s needs.
“When Worldwide Fruit started looking to increase their volumes, they required a storage solution away from their current Spalding warehouse as well as a potential requirement for a small pack house and through our extensive network, we were in a position to offer both, creating a one-stop-shop to service the additional throughput. Due to our existing knowledge of the business’s requirements, we were able to consolidate the additional transport volumes onto our current orders, creating a solution that worked for both parties.”
Once the additional service is fully up and running, the expectation is for Fowler Welch to hold storage for Worldwide Fruit in the region of 1,000 pallets in season at Spalding, with annual projected transport volumes of 56,000 pallets.