Freight News, Inland waterways, Logistics

IKEA delivers to Paris by barge and e-truck

[ December 14, 2022   //   ]

IKEA is making home deliveries to customers in Paris by boat and electric vehicles, says the Haropa port authority. Orders are prepared at a distribution centre in the Gennevilliers inland port on the river Seine in the northwest of the city and then transported in specialised containers by boat to Bercy harbout in the city centre for loading onto electric vehicles for the last kilometre to recipients.

IKEA France has developed a new swap body system in conjunction with Box2Home, a subsidiary of Warning+. Eventually, 455 orders per day on average, or 35 swap bodies, will be transported via the Seine, says Haropa.

It says that river freight emits up to five times less CO2 than road per ton transported and could save around 300,000 truck kilometers per year. It also avoids congestion on the outskirts of Paris and offers more predictable delivery times.

The Île-de-France region is supporting the project financially, as part of its Stratégie régionale pour le fret et la logistique (Regional Strategy for Freight and Logistics aid scheme for modal shift to waterways.

There are also plans to extend the river link to the IKEA Customer Distribution Center at Limay, about 40km north-west of Paris.