[This article was first published on topgear.com.sg
Singapore - 'Fast Fashion' attracts its share of detractors that questions its sustainability and promotion of a 'try-and-throw' culture. In a bid to reduce its carbon footprint in its logistics operations and as part of its partnership with Cycle & Carriage Singapore, global apparel retailer UNIQLO has made the switch to Citroën ë-Berlingo electric vans for the fulfilment of 'Click & Collect' orders to all its stores across Singapore.
'Last Mile' deliveries have traditionally been fulfilled by diesel vans, so the fashion brand hopes to create a more sustainable eco-system with its switch to all-electric vans.
UNIQLO’s 'Click & Collect' service allows customers to shop online at their convenience and have their orders delivered to their preferred store of choice for collection.
At present, selected UNIQLO stores have already been providing same-day 'Click & Collect' service, but this same-day service will be available at 26 UNIQLO stores islandwide from 1 July 2022.
As part of Cycle & Carriage Singapore’s contribution towards Singapore’s Green Plan 2030, it has been supporting businesses like UNIQLO Singapore to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles to go green.
The Cycle & Carriage Citroën ë-Berlingo electric vans that will be used are powered by a zero-emissions powertrain and a 134bhp electric motor that delivers 260Nm of maximum torque to fulfil its last-mile delivery to stores islandwide.
“As our first fashion retail partner, we are delighted to be part of UNIQLO’s sustainability journey through our fleet of custom Cycle & Carriage Electric Mobility Solutions, which includes turn-key logistics services for pick-up and delivery. Sustainability is increasingly important for business viability and we remain committed to assisting our partners in achieving optimal operational efficiencies and sustainability goals,” said Dawn Pan, Director of Multi-Franchise Operations, Cycle & Carriage Singapore.
“Making the switch from diesel-run vehicles to electric vehicles for our Click & Collect deliveries has brought us closer to achieving our goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 90 per cent by FY2030 (compared with FY2019). Besides reducing our environmental footprint end-to-end in the life cycle of apparels we make, there will also be improved logistics efficiency, ensuring that we achieve more with lesser energy and emissions. This is also in alignment with our company’s transition to a business model that promotes both sustainability and business growth,” said Hwee Lee, Senior Director, Sustainability UNIQLO Singapore.
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