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.