DHL Supply Chain tests nighttime deliveries
Pilot project in Brazil reduces traffic and emissions
Working with its customer, a sportswear company, DHL Supply Chain shifted its delivery times to off-hours, i.e. nighttime.
DHL Supply Chain applied a novel concept to delivery at customer locations in major urban centers during a global sports event. The large-scale event, which involved numerous local activities across Sao Paulo, was expected to augment existing traffic congestion in the city. Working with its customer, a sportswear company, DHL Supply Chain shifted its delivery times to off-hours, i.e. nighttime. Aside from shorter delivery times, fewer vehicle emissions and a reduction in peak-time traffic, the pilot resulted in improved delivery reliability for the customer.
Faster, eco-friendlier and more secure
Over the course of the pilot, the transport times for vehicles delivering at night were 50% lower than deliveries made during daytime hours. The improved traffic flow led to a considerable reduction in fuel consumption as well as lower greenhouse gas emissions, making for more environmentally sustainable transport of goods. Deliveries made outside of store hours also lead to safer and more secure unloading conditions as well as optimized unloading times. Possible negative impacts of nighttime deliveries, such as increased noise for residents, could not be identified during the span of the pilot project. Based on the positive outcome of the project, DHL Supply Chain Brazil is considering applying this approach to other large-scale events.