On Track - Retailers using rail freight

The twin challenges of reducing the environmental impact of transport while delivering the nation’s essential goods and services has been embraced by the retail sector through a wide range of initiatives and investments. Widely considered leaders in logistics innovation and supply chain management, the retail sector has recently embarked on a major expansion of its use of rail to capture the efficiency and environmental benefits it offers.

This study arose from a meeting jointly convened by the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Freight Transport Association (FTA) in 2011 to explore the possibilities for increasing rail freight traffic from UK retailers. It was agreed we would document what was already being achieved.

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