BOOTS UK GOES ELECTRIC FOR PHARMACY DELIVERY AND COLLECTION SERVICE
The vans should reduce their environmental footprint by approx. 22 carbon tonnes per year*
Boots customers in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire will be the first in the UK to have their prescriptions delivered by electric vehicles. Boots are introducing five electric Renault Kangoo iVans to the fleet, which runs the service that picks up prescriptions and delivers them to patient’s homes.
These are the first electric vans to be purchased by Boots, and form part of the businesses commitment to continue to reduce the environmental impact of its operations.
If successful, the pilot will be expanded to other areas in the UK.
The fleet of 5 electric vans will run from the Boots site in Beeston, supporting Boots pharmacies and customers across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Each zero emission vehicle is fitted with Lightfoot Technology, a real-time engine analysis system that provides live, in-cab coaching to help drivers improve both fuel efficiency and safety.
Nottingham City Transport’s ‘Ultra Low Emission Vehicle’ Scheme’ (ULEV) has supported the scheme by helping to create charging stations on the Boots site to power the new electric vehicles.
Eddie Storr, Head of Supply Chain Pharmacy, Boots UK, said: “Running over 9,500 routes a week with a van fleet of 900, we are continually looking at ways to improve both the efficiency of our service and its environmental impact. Over the last six months, we have achieved significant mileage reductions through better route planning and the next step on our journey is to reduce our carbon footprint is to introduce zero emission delivery vehicles. Following the launch in Nottingham, we are looking at other locations around the country to expand our electric fleet.”
Notes to Editors
Earlier this year, Boots became the first national pharmacy, health and beauty retailer in the UK to move to unbleached (brown) paper carrier bags as standard, and the first national pharmacy chain to move to unbleached paper dispensing bags. The paper bags are replacing plastic bags in 53 Boots stores across the UK, with a full roll out to all 2,485 stores completed by early 2020, and removing over 900** tonnes of plastic from Boots store operations each year. Other sustainability initiatives undertaken by the retailer recently include signing the government’s ‘Step up to the Plate’ pledge in a commitment to help halve food waste by 2030.
* based on 65,000 estimated drops to customers per annum.
** Figures quoted for the 12 months ending 6th April 2019
For CSR trade: Adrian Bremner, Head of Safety, Environment and Governance, Boots UK: “Care of the environment has always been ingrained into our business thinking, but has never been more prominent than it is now. We recognise that we have a responsibility to conduct our business today in a manner which does not limit opportunities for future generations. Reducing our vehicle air emissions and climate change impact through the new electric vans is an excellent example of Boots demonstrating its commitment to this important agenda and we look forward to learning from their use.”
Please contact Boryana Kermenova at the Boots UK Press Office on mobile 07887 056 201 or email Boryana.Kermenova@wba.com for more information.
About Boots UK
Boots UK (boots.com), the UK’s largest pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer, is part of the Retail Pharmacy International Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise.
With 2,485* stores in the UK, its purpose is to champion everyone’s right to feel good. Boots UK is committed to providing exceptional customer and patient care, be the first choice for pharmacy and healthcare and offer innovative 'only at Boots' exclusive products such as No7, a leading UK skincare brand, Soap and Glory and Liz Earle. Created almost 170 years ago, the Boots brand is still at the heart of the communities it serves.
*As of August 31, 2018 excluding equity method investments