Leading The Way Through Environmental Change

June is International Environmental Month. Think, Eat, Save and reduce your footprint.

City Logistics has been conscious of sustainability and the importance thereof for many years. We understand the impact that supply chains have on the environment and actively implemented a strategy to reduce, reuse and recycle across the business. These implemented greening strategies are a starting point, but we realize that more needs to be done to protect the environment.

“At City Logistics, we care for the environment. It is a very personal value as I want a future of biodiversity and a healthy environment for all of us to enjoy. I am looking for ways we can lead as an environmentally caring supplychain business. We are excited by new supplychain technology that we are exploring to further reduce our carbon footprint.” Ryan Gaines, CEO, City Logistics

Here are some of the steps taken by the company:


Print efficiencies and City Logistics’ carbon footprint are managed through Green Office together with Paper Cut. Western Digital hard drives are the preferred choice as they use less power compared to conventional hard drives. IT hardware is disposed through accredited e-waste companies which either reuse, recycle or upcycle equipment in an environmentally responsible manner as prescribed by Disposal of Electronic Waste Guidelines. Paper documents are recycled through Iron Mountain.

Building Greener CITYs

City Logistics is proud of its flagship “green” depot in Bellville which has been awarded four Green Stars, together with Net Zero Carbon Certificates by the Green Building Council of South Africa.  The rollout of our first environmentally friendly premises includes initiatives such as water harvesting and recycling, as well as alternative power options for the buildings’ electrical power requirements by way of a Hybrid solar Photovoltaic system. The facility also has Smart electrical meters to monitor the power consumption. As part of our sustainability measures, City Logistics has started introducing similar concepts across its network. These include power-efficient LED lighting, waste management plans and reduced water consumption.

Greening Our Workspace

In a concerted effort towards paperless offices, City Logistics has introduced BOT Automation to eliminate printing of invoices and capturing customer load data. Online document storage has been implemented by capturing and storing electronic signatures for supplier/customer agreements. City Logistics has started the process to automate the capturing of Courier Franchise costs and Revenue in its Fastway Subsidiary.


With the introduction of rechargeable electric forklifts, City Logistics has introduced energy-saving systems, using power-efficient units, reducing fuel consumption in its warehousing facilities. Stacking systems are in place to maximise floor usage.

City Logistics also uses reverse logistics and inter-branch transfers, ensuring that its fleet is used even on return trips, thus saving fuel and minimising wear-and tear on vehicles, and reducing the carbon footprint.

Improved customer communications and service delivery through Whatsapp and OnRoute for first time deliveries, means less failed deliveries. Location-sharing technology means greater efficiency and timeous deliveries.

Gearing Towards Change

Our 8 ton fleet is being replaced by units with larger load bodies, which facilitate a higher volume capacity. This means that the trucks can carry larger volumes of goods, thus reducing carbon emissions, fuel consumption and wear and tear on vehicles.

City Logistics utilises Fleetboard, an integrated telematics platform designed and managed by Daimler Trucks, continuously monitoring our fleet efficiency and fuel consumption. This data is used to coach and incentivise our drivers to ensure we are always running optimally.

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