Transporting our products and encouraging eco-mobility

Transport is one of our priority focus areas for action, so we can improve air and water quality and combat sound pollution, particularly in urban areas.
At Decathlon, we’ve been concentrating on three levers: reducing the distances travelled by articles using an appropriate global network of warehouses, maximising lorry loads and encouraging multimodal transport wherever possible.

Transport and mobility
in 2016

A summary

• We observed a drop in the quantity of CO2 emitted per article delivered, which is largely due to improved lorry load factors (especially for journeys to our most remote warehouses) and a slight reduction in the percentage of products delivered by air.

Change in the environmental impact of our products delivered to stores in Europe
(in grammes of CO2 equivalent/article)

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Focus
« Introducing CSR criteria into our marine purchasing policy »

Fully supportive of the need to take an active role in sustainable development, and motivated to do so, our logistics teams incorporated an environmental component in their international marine transport purchasing policy. They are now requiring major hauliers to notify them of their GHG emissions when transporting Decathlon products. This stipulation reflects their desire to take action as close to the ground as possible, by combining economic and environmental issues. This latest requirement will come into force from 2017 and will involve all of our marine transport service providers.

Storage and transportation

Our logistics teams continue to adapt to the company’s new strategies and ambitions in order to satisfy our users and ensure that store deliveries are completed in the best possible timeframes. This is why their day to day work focuses so much on reducing the distances our articles travel, and optimising loads for our various modes of transport. In 2016, our logistics operations teams worked hard to ensure that our lorries carried over 14,000 articles, 2% more than in 2015.

In 2016, Chinese railway infrastructures continued their expansion. Our local production offices seized this opportunity to route some of Decathlon’s products by train to warehouses in continental Europe in around twenty days.