The 3SI Group is France's third largest e-retailer with a total of 25 brand names (fashion, home furnishings, office supplies, e-retail corporate services). Within the Group, the entity Mondial Relay, specialized in home deliveries, proposes for France and across its European territory delivery solutions at dedicated pick-up sites ('points relais'), a drive-through service (for heavy, cumbersome items) and home-based. In France, Mondial Relay has a network of 24 distribution offices and some 4,300 pick-up sites. The use of plastic bags produces a significant impact in this sector.
MONDIAL RELAY - GROUPE 3SI introduces reusable and recyclable packaging
- Decrease the consumption of plastic bags
- Reduce CO2 emissions
- Introduce containers that are reusable.
The first step consists of measuring the consumption of plastic bags and their impact:- 1,500,000 plastic bags / year used for delivery services at the 4,300 pick-up points;- little or no reuse of these bags, whose useful life cycle does not extend beyond 1 or 2 rotations;- accounting for 200 tons of CO2 released annually (137 g/bag: polyethylene material). The working groups formed encompassed all company departments (commercial teams, marketing, coordinators of pick-up point networks, logistics personnel) in the aim of devising alternative solutions. The solutions were then analyzed according to the four following criteria:- Reduction in CO2 emissions relative to supplies handled- Drop in supply costs associated with waste handling and treatment- Loss rate- Useful life cycle of the selected bags. Preferred solution: replacement of plastic bags by reusable and recyclable fabric bags at the end of their life cycle. Best practice spotted by the World Forum Lille in 2013.
CONTRIBUTION TO COMPANY PERFORMANCE
- With respect to the 4 selected criteria:- 70% reduction in CO2 emissions for this supply item- A €250,000 hike in the target following national rollout- Maximum "loss" rate of bags = 30%- Minimum useful life of the bags = 3 years - Moreover, the container could be adapted for use across all Mondial Relay sites, with the prospect of being extended internationally (e.g. Belgium, Spain).
- Improved awareness of the environmental impacts generated by these activities. - Development of skills and new job opportunities within the partner firms.