Transporting our products and encouraging eco-mobility

The World Health Organisation has reported that unhealthy environmental conditions, especially air pollution, cause 12.6 million premature deaths each year. In addition, the United Nations Environment Program has concluded that transport is largely responsible for air pollution, which is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. In the face of this environmental crisis, today we must find alternatives to limit our impact and promote sustainable transport. Whether by rail, air, road, sea or other means, transport is a priority focus to improve air and water quality and combat noise pollution in cities. Decathlon is working on three areas: The transport and storage of merchandise Travel by customers and employees to reach our stores, logistics platforms and offices The promotion of soft mobility in users’ daily lives  To ensure user satisfaction, we must maintain our high standards for product availability in stores while respecting cost and time constraints.

Le 31/12/2017

2017 Summary

We seek to use means of transport with a lower environmental impact, namely rail and maritime shipping, to transport our goods.

We have committed to significantly reducing the use of air transport, which is the most polluting method, for deliveries in France distributed in European stores. We hope to reach our goal of having 0% of our products transported by plane as soon as possible.

We maximised the number of products transported with streamlined packaging and optimised product placement inside containers.

Storing and transport

Our logistics teams are always adapting to new company strategies and ambitions to satisfy our users and deliver to our stores on time. That is why they strive to reduce the distances our items travel and optimise loading for the different transport methods.

We have identified multiple ways of addressing the transport methods used to ship our products:

On 20 November 2017, the first train from Wuhan, China arrived at the Dourges multimodal platform to supply our Decathlon stores.

In 2018 the Dourges platform in France will receive shared trains and block trains104. Currently, containers shipped by rail are part of trains shared by different companies. By making use of these shared trains, Decathlon was able to increase our annual rail freight volume by 300%.

The Dourges warehouse will handle 30 containers per week on average, or around 460,000 items. Products arriving at Dourges are sent on to regional warehouses throughout Europe105 and from there to European stores.

A portion of our air and maritime shipping will be switched to rail transport now that we have this direct link between factories in China and continental warehouses in France, halving the transport time for the products (compared to maritime shipping) and the number of lorry trips.

Overall, the use of rail transport will help cut our CO2 emissions generated by transport by 36%.

Decathlon France is committed to phasing out air transport so that, as soon as possible, no products sold in French stores will be shipped by air.

At the same time, we are continuing to prioritise maritime transport and we only work with shipping companies that are part of the Clean Cargo Ranking Group initiative.

Loading optimisation remains a top priority. When it comes to packaging design, we have developed boxes that are as streamlined as possible and we have optimised container filling.107

The Optibox project that got underway in 2016 helped us make improvements in our choice of cardboard and our filling practices. We have optimised the containers for 79 million products, thereby saving 575 tonnes of CO2 equivalent, 4,322 m3 of water and nearly €10 million.

In 2017, thanks to the work and leadership of our operational logistics teams, the average filling volume reached 54.91 m3 for each lorry, an increase of 1.61% over 2016, for an average of 14,666 items per lorry.

Since trains are a great eco-friendly alternative to air transport and also happen to be fast and cost-effective, we are stepping up our use of trains.

Grégoire GENEAU
Grégoire GENEAU
Supply & Logistics International financial controller

Encouraging eco-mobility for people

As a designer and seller of soft and carbon-neutral mobility solutions at an affordable price, such as bicycles and scooters, Decathlon plays an important role in promoting sustainable mobility throughout the world. In 2017 Decathlon sold close to four million bicycles worldwide (all types, including road, hybrid and multimodal bicycles) to every age group. By making maintenance and repairs easier, we hope to encourage regular use of bikes over the long term.

– Our workshops repaired 685,000 bicycles across the world, an increase of 11% compared with 2016.

– The market for spare parts grew by 10% compared with 2016.

Decathlon France leads the pack in reimbursement per kilometre cycled

When we instituted a 25-cent reimbursement for each kilometre travelled by an employee (with a limit of €200 per year per employee), we had three goals in mind: promoting cycling and sport, caring for the health and well-being of our employees, and reducing the environmental impact caused by urban mobility.

According to the French observatory for kilometre cycled reimbursement, we are the company in France with the most employees receiving these payments. Today, 723 of our employees, or 3.2% of our employees in France, have received this reimbursement

Mobility challenges in Hauts de France and Italy

Our French teams took part in a “mobility challenge” in Hauts de France that was designed to promote alternative modes of transport for going to work.

Decathlon came in first place in the “best public transport usage rates” and “best active methods usage rates” rankings.

In Italy, for the second year in a row, an event known as the “fortnight of mobility” was held in September. This challenge went out to all the Decathlon stores in the country with the aim of encouraging employees to use their bicycles to commute to work. During the two-week period, we clocked 700 bicycle trips from our employees for a total of 35,000 kilometres.