Zero emissions delivery service Zedify to launch in Southampton

The owner of a local bike shop is set to launch a new zero emissions delivery service in Southampton. Dave Munday, owner of Shirley based bike shop The Hub Cycleworks, will be joining the eco-friendly Zedify group next month.

ZedifyUK is an urban logistics company which runs its nationwide courier service on an all-electric fleet of specially adapted cargo bikes, trikes and vans. Southampton will be Zedify’s eighth logistics hub in the UK, following Central London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Cambridge, Waltham Forest, Brighton and Norwich.

Zedify Southampton will be responsible for the delivery of goods within the city to ensure that the last leg of a package’s journey within the city is as clean as possible. As well as these localised deliveries, it will also be responsible for grouping and delivering items with other loads destined for the same locations to reduce the number of journeys on the roads.

Dave Munday – also the local operator of YoBike’s dockless bike sharing scheme – hopes the initiative will inspire local businesses to adopt a more ethical alternative to traditional deliveries and the associated issues of congestion and harmful emissions. He said:

“This is a great opportunity to offer a sustainable delivery service in Southampton and complements our other business interests. Working as part of the Zedify UK family, we can access extensive experience and the additional support of Southampton City Council is a massive boost in launching this service in Southampton. We are now actively recruiting riders and office staff and will be offering a professional, reliable and economic service to the city.”

Southampton City Council, through its My Journey programme, works with The Hub Cycleworks to deliver a free Bike Doctor service across the city and will initially be utilising the scheme to transport its portable air quality exhibit to schools across Southampton. The Council has a long standing commitment to sustainable logistics, having launched its existing Sustainable Distribution Centre in partnership with Meachers Global Logistics back in 2014. 

Councillor Steve Leggett, Cabinet Member for Green City, says:

“Working in partnership with key stakeholders, we are committed to delivering ambitious environmental measures and secure a green future for Southampton. Sustainable distribution has a significant role to play in achieving that and, as a council, we will be leading by example to support this exciting new venture. I look forward to seeing the scheme make a positive contribution to our long term visions for the city. Congratulations and well done!”

Rob King, co-founder of Zedify UK, says:

“Demand for deliveries to door and desk is booming but our cities just can’t cope with ever-increasing numbers of diesel vans contributing to the mix of poor air-quality and increased congestion. Businesses in and around Southampton will soon be able to utilise our Zedify local depot and have the last mile for their goods delivered by more sustainable services.”