Hyderabad

Electric vehicles to power IKEA deliveries

Furniture retailer IKEA has ambitious plans to adopt electric vehicles across its operations in India as well as to encourage staff and customers use eco-friendly vehicles.

“In our first year in India, around 20% of our customer delivery fleet will comprise electric vehicles. This number is planned to increase to 40% in the second year and 60% in the third year [of operations],” Patrik Antoni, Deputy Country Manager of IKEA India said.

The senior executive was quoted saying this in a release issued by GATI Ltd on GATI-KWE express distribution services being chosen as logistic partner for the IKEA’s first India store in Hyderabad.

IKEA, which is planning to have 25 stores in India by 2025, is expected to open the first facility in the city next month.

“We will be installing charging pods at our IKEA store in Hyderabad to encourage both our employees and customers to switch to electric vehicles,” Mr.Antoni said.

The EV initiative, he added, pertained to not only the vehicles at IKEA stores and offices, but also included those of its partners who would be taking care of its home deliveries. IKEA, he explained, worked towards becoming “climate positive in our own operations by investing in renewable energy, focusing on clean air initiatives and turning waste into resource.”

Elaborating on the partnership between GATI-KWE and IKEA, the release said the overall scope of the partnership is a combination of contract logistics, last-mile distribution and reverse logistics.

Founder and CEO of Gati Mahendra Agarwal said the company looked forward towards the “possibility of growing this relationship further with IKEA as it expands into other geographies within India.”


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