Mobility & logistics
[GRI 302/103-1, 305/103-1] To ensure that our customers always have fresh products and full shelves, we transport goods from our distribution centres to our stores every day. We undertake most of these transport journeys ourselves. In 2017, the ALDI North Group transported goods with a total volume of almost 31 million euro-pallet spaces between our 73 distribution centres and more than 4,700 stores. These transport journeys result in greenhouse gas emissions. Through a variety of measures, we are working to make our logistics as climate friendly as possible.
[GRI 302/103-2/3, 305/103-2/3] Our goal is to continuously increase the efficiency of our goods logistics, not least to mitigate the higher transport volume associated with our rising turnover. Modern logistics concepts help us pool the flow of goods and choose optimum transport routes, thereby shortening transport routes. The distance between a distribution centre and a store is 88 kilometres on average. Low rolling resistance tyres and roof spoilers, which reduce the drag coefficient of our transport vehicles, help reduce fuel consumption and save greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, we make sure that the ALDI North Group’s trucks only leave our distribution centres with full payloads and train drivers in the Netherlands, for example, on how to drive fuel efficiently.
In Germany, we examined the use of alternative power units in 2017. A changeover programme is currently not planned. With regard to our fleet of company cars, we plan to sign short leasing agreements in future so as to develop a fleet of newer vehicles, thereby ensuring that more vehicles meet the latest fuel consumption and emission standards and operate in more climate-friendly manner.
[GRI 302/103-2] The development towards more climate-friendly logistics is being driven forward within Germany by the Logistics department of ALDI Buying and the regional companies. Communication on this issue is taking place with the ALDI North Group companies in the relevant countries. In May 2018, we adopted our International Climate Protection Policy.
Progress and measures in 2017
New logistics hub pools the flow of goods
[GRI 305/103-1/2] In 2017, we continued to expand our procurement logistics for wine and sparkling wine in Germany. To this end, we set up a logistics hub that pools the flow of goods, thereby cutting costs and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Conversion of distribution centres to LED lighting
[GRI 305/103-1/2] At our distribution centres, lighting is responsible for a large proportion of electricity consumption (up to 50 per cent). As a result, our efforts are increasingly focused on LED technology and the use of on-demand lighting using motion sensors. For more information, please refer to the chapter “Climate protection”.
Inventory control system
The introduction of a logistics inventory control system that was announced in the Sustainability Report 2015 has yet to be completed in Germany. The first step is to introduce a pick-by-voice system at the German distribution centres, which will form the basis for comprehensive expansion in the future. Pick-by-voice allows us to pick orders using voice commands, without paper, leaving employees with both hands free for their work, which makes their jobs easier and leads to efficiency increases. As part of the roll-out, employees have received comprehensive training in working with the new system. In future, the inventory control system will allow us to provide even better analysis of our goods movements. A corresponding pilot project has been launched.
Targets and status
[GRI 302/103-2/3, 305/103-2/3]
Field of action: resource conservation
|Objective||Status||Target date||Target value||Target relevance|
|Examination of alternative drive concepts for use in logistics processes||2017||Examination||Germany|
|Establishment of a new BREEAM-certified central warehouse (BREEAM – Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment)||new||2019||Establishment||Belgium|
Target achieved Ongoing process
Number of vehicles on the reference date 31 December by type of vehicle
|Number of trucks||Number of cars||Other vehicles1||Number of trucks||Number of cars||Other vehicles1||Number of trucks||Number of cars||Other vehicles1|
|ALDI North Group||1,620||1,949||121||1,578||2,121||126||1,411||2,307||120|
1 These include industrial trucks (forklift trucks) and vehicles with LPG drives.
2 The information regarding the legally independent companies of the ALDI North Group in Belgium and Luxembourg has been combined for the purposes of a simplified presentation (refer to “Subject of the report”).
Fuel consumption of trucks, cars and other vehicles (in litres or kilograms of LPG)
|Diesel1 (l)||Petrol (l)||LPG (kg)||Diesel1, 2 (l)||Petrol (l)||LPG (kg)||Diesel1 (l)||Petrol (l)||LPG (kg)|
|ALDI North Group||32,200,311
1 Including consumption of heating oil for operation of cooling motors (outside Germany).
2 Late reporting information for the year 2016 resulted in partial amendments compared with the previous year’s report.
3 The information regarding the legally independent companies of the ALDI North Group in Belgium and Luxembourg has been combined for the purposes of a simplified presentation (refer to “Subject of the report”).
The dialogue with our stakeholders provides us with valuable insights for our CR efforts. We are in contact with customers, employees, NGOs, initiatives, associations, suppliers, business partners, works councils and unions.
We take responsibility for safe and fair working conditions and compliance with environmental standards wherever we can make a difference
Numerous non-food products that ALDI sells, such as textiles, toys and furniture, are manufactured in Asia. The team, ALDI CR-Support Asia Ltd is responsible for monitoring the labour and social standards of production sites.
Increasing numbers of consumers are interested in knowing where the food made from animals that they purchase in our stores comes from. We are working tirelessly on animal welfare issues together with our suppliers and various organisations in every country where ALDI North engages in retail.
Most pieces of clothing that our customers find in the stores have made a long journey to get there. The travels of our baby bodysuit start in India
ALDI Belgium and ALDI Luxembourg
In Belgium and Luxembourg, we focus on expanding our more sustainable product range and logistics designed to help conserve resources.
We are committed to reducing the impact of our business operations on the climate. Back in 2015, we specified in our Corporate Responsibility (CR) Policy that we aim to act in a climate friendly manner.
Across the world, around one whole truckload of plastic is dumped into the oceans every minute. The Plastic Soup Foundation in the Netherlands has made it their goal to stop this development through information campaigns, educational efforts and innovative solutions. We are on board!