Outlook on Supermarket deliveries. Scenarios for reducing transport movements and CO2 emissions in 2030

With over 6,000 outlets and one-seventh of total shop floor space in the Netherlands, supermarkets make up a considerable share of the retail sector and retail-related urban logistics. In this segment no more than five major retailers control 80% of the consumer market. Each day, all these outlets receive at least 3 or 4 deliveries in four product categories: dry groceries, fresh produce, frozen goods and bread.

This Outlook study reviews options for reducing the CO2 emissions (and transport movements) associated with supermarket deliveries over the period up to 2030, with a focus on deliveries of fresh produce and dry groceries from the supermarkets’ distribution centres.