- First retailer in Thailand with a fully-electric fleet for bakery delivery
- Further plans to expand to 26 regional routes
One of Thailand’s leading supermarket retailers, Lotus’s, has partnered with logistics provider Kuehne+Nagel Thailand to become the first supermarket retailer in the country to use electric vehicles (EVs) in their distribution operations for bakery delivery. Through this partnership, the two companies will mark a first for the retail industry in Thailand, and pave the way towards greater sustainability for the nation.
The first stage of the bakery distributions using EVs has been rolled out recently in Bangkok, with further plans to increase the number of vehicles and cities to 5 Bangkok routes and 21 regional routes in the coming months. Prior, Lotus’s distributions used standard diesel vans. The replacement of these vans with EVs is expected to result in a reduction of 24.7 tonnes of CO2 emissions per truck each year, greatly reducing the company’s overall carbon footprint.
“Lotus’s is committed to ensuring its operations are sustainable, and we are delighted to work with Kuehne+Nagel Thailand to achieve this milestone and towards Charoen Pokphand Group’s ambition to become a net zero organisation by 2030. As one of the leading supermarket retailers in Thailand, we hope the positive impact we are making will inspire other companies to follow suit,” said Mr. Ekachai Phoosanabhongs, Distribution Director, Lotus’s Thailand.
Bjoern Schoon, Managing Director for Kuehne+Nagel Thailand says: “We are proud to be a part of this initiative, and help pave the way for more similar projects in Thailand and around the world. The EV project is a key development in making logistics more sustainable, and Kuehne+Nagel is committed to helping customers achieve their sustainability goals.”