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The use of ICT in road freight transport for CO2 reduction - an exploratory study of UK’s grocery retail industry

Wang, Yingli, Sanchez Rodrigues, Vasco Augusto and Evans, Leighton 2015. The use of ICT in road freight transport for CO2 reduction - an exploratory study of UK’s grocery retail industry. International Journal of Logistics Management 26 (1) , pp. 2-29. 10.1108/IJLM-02-2013-0021

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Abstract

Purpose This paper aims to investigate empirically how ICT can contribute to reduction of CO2 emissions in road freight transport and to identify opportunities for further improvements. Design/methodology/approach This research adopts a multiple-case study approach with three leading UK grocery retailers as exemplars of fast moving consumer goods retailers, conducted using multiple data collection techniques including interviews, system demonstrations, onsite observations and the use of archive information. Findings ICT solutions have a direct positive impact on CO2 emissions reduction but opportunities to further reduce CO2 emissions are perceived as lying beyond retailers’ own distribution networks. These opportunities are not fully utilised due to the complexities of collaborative ICT provisions and retailers’ reluctance to share information with competitors. Research limitations/implications A limitation of our study is that it is exploratory and only three cases were examined. Even though these three retailers represent over 60% of the UK grocery retail sector, other retailers may deploy significantly different ICT applications. Practical and Social implications The research provides an overarching insight for businesses on how to leverage the existing and emerging information technologies for environmental and economic benefits. Originality/Value: While sustainability issues have received increasing attention recently, the role of ICT in freight transport for CO2 emissions reduction has not been investigated in depth and its impact is largely unknown. This research advances understanding about how ICT contributes CO2 emissions reductions and provides a framework for further investigation.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Uncontrolled Keywords: CO2 reduction, ICT, road freight transport, grocery retailing, case study.
Additional Information: This article is published under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 3.0) licence. Anyone may reproduce, distribute, translate and create derivative works of this article (for both commercial & non-commercial purposes), subject to full attribution to the original publication and authors. The full terms of this licence may be seen at http://creativecommons.org/licences/by/3.0/legalcode
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 0957-4093
Funders: EPSRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2019 00:10
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/62780

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