When it was time for a few of the Indigo Herbs crew to maneuver to a brand new premises to create more room, we knew we wanted an answer to make sure inventory could possibly be moved between buildings with out growing our carbon footprint. The Electrical Van was the proper reply!
Discovering a Answer
At Indigo Herbs we’ve got two premises, each based mostly in Glastonbury, Somerset. One constructing is our manufacturing unit, that is the place we obtain all the majority delivieries of the great vegetation we promote from all over the world. The vegetation then undergo our manufacturing course of to change into our completed merchandise prepared for retail. Our different premises host the remainder of the departments in our enterprise, together with fulfilment. Our fulfilment division is the place we retailer all our packaged merchandise able to ship across the globe to our clients.
For years, the manufacturing and fulfilment departments have been located collectively in the identical constructing, nonetheless resulting from steady area constraints, in March 2018 we separated them to offer our manufacturing division sufficient room to function to their full potential. Our manufacturing and fulfilment departments work very carefully collectively, so it was a giant leap for the enterprise to have them in separate locations, it took numerous thought and course of planning!
The Electrical Van
The primary hurdle to beat was learn how to transport the completed product from our manufacturing facility to our fulfilment division rapidly and effectively with out inflicting any operational issues or delay with orders. We wished to make a accountable determination and knew we wanted an answer that made the least influence on the setting. After numerous thought and consideration, we determined to go for an Electrical Van as our transportation car.
Electrical Vans produce no CO2 emissions, so are a beneficial possibility to enhance air high quality and cut back carbon footprint. With a few mile and a half between every constructing, this feature was good for us as we might not be driving lengthy distances within the van; at the moment we’re doing one van run a day between buildings.
A possible concern with electrical automobiles is how lengthy they final earlier than requiring a re-charge, nonetheless with 9,300 electrical charging places at the moment within the UK and new cost factors being added each day, the infrastructure and availability is altering in a optimistic path!
Not solely do electrical vans have decrease operating prices because of the cheaper value of electrical energy in comparison with diesel, they’re additionally cheaper to take care of with fewer transferring elements. The van is easy to drive, and really quiet to respect the attractive setting round us right here in Glastonbury. When our managing director Steve Mckewon first drove it ‘residence’ to our workplace, he described it as “Like driving a spaceship, however extra importantly, like driving the longer term!”