Tesco delivery fleet saves fuel with help from Lightfoot29 April 2021

Tesco Grocery Home Shopping, will cut its fuel bill and CO2 emissions by more than 7,000 metric tonnes in just one year thanks to the introduction of driver aid Lightfoot across its fleet of delivery vehicles.

Tesco turned to Lightfoot to proactively manage emissions as demand for its home delivery services soared during the COVID-19 pandemic, with more vehicles covering more miles.

Now, within a year of the new technology deployment, Tesco will deliver a saving of 7,346 tonnes of CO2 across the UK and ROI.

It is predicted that the fleet will achieve even greater savings year-on-year as more Tesco Grocery Home Shopping drivers engage with Lightfoot’s tech.

This technology has taken Tesco Grocery Home Shopping’s driver efficiency and safety programme, which includes in-vehicle cameras and driver trainers, to the next level. The gains that have been made are the result of Lightfoot’s approach – engaging drivers and encouraging them to drive more smoothly, safely and efficiently through app-based tech that rewards better driving. These improvements have all been realised with Tesco’s existing fleet of vehicles.

Matt Rhind, Distribution and Fulfilment Transport Director for Tesco said: “We make 15,000 delivery journeys every day. The Lightfoot app gives every one of our home delivery drivers real-time feedback on their driving style so they can make immediate improvements and reduce their emissions on every trip they make.”

At the end of each journey, a ‘Lightfoot Score’ is given and can be seen by the driver on a smartphone app. Using this app, drivers can see how their performance changes over time, enter leagues and compete with their colleagues.

Best of all for drivers, anyone who reaches ‘Elite Driver’ status with a Lightfoot Score of 85% or higher can enter themselves for free into the Lightfoot Drivers’ Lottery, giving them a chance of winning weekly cash prizes, while taking advantage of special offers and giveaways.

Lightfoot MD Rupert Lyon Taylor, said: “Our data has shown that the person behind the wheel has as much responsibility for the performance and efficiency of their vehicle as what’s beneath the bonnet. If a driver is inefficient, their vehicle will be too. We also know that driver engagement with efficiency improvement is the key to long-term success, so we designed our technology around this.”

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