Tom Thompson, founder of last mile delivery at Ford Mobility, said, “Our software made it possible for Royal Mail to help reduce carbon emissions and congestion in city centers. As we enter the busiest and most magical time of year for parcels, we are delighted to see the results of this trial prove the value of delivery on foot and the effectiveness of Ford’s software in making city centers cleaner, greener and safer.”

Achim Dünnwald, chief operating officer at Royal Mail, said, “Ford’s software enabled Royal Mail to reduce van usage and mileage in the trial area, while still offering a prompt and reliable parcel delivery service. At Royal Mail, we are continuously looking at opportunities to reduce our emissions, alongside delivering convenience to our customers.”

Royal Mail is currently exploring a range of initiatives to reduce its van network, including the use of micro electric vehicles and drones for delivery to remote locations.

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