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Albertsons Completes First Zero-Emission Grocery Delivery

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Albertsons Cos. has completed its first commercial zero-emission refrigerated grocery delivery to a store in Irvine, California with Volvo’s VNR Electric truck. Going forward, a company-wide fleet of the trucks will be serving Albertsons, Vons, and Pavilions stores in Southern California.

“We are thrilled to continue our long-term partnership with Albertsons Cos. as they begin their journey toward fleet electrification and achieve this momentous accomplishment of a fully zero-emission grocery delivery,” said Peter Voorhoeve, president, Volvo Trucks North America, in a statement. “Albertsons’ commitment to corporate sustainability is demonstrated by the steps it is taking to reduce its carbon footprint in its stores and fleet.”

Increasing its transportation sustainability is just one way in which Albertsons Cos. reduces its environmental impact. According to the retailer, Albertsons Cos. maintains ambitious sustainability goals in all sectors of its operations, including energy use, plastics and packaging, and recycling and waste reduction.

“The partnership Albertsons has built with Volvo Trucks has enabled our fleet to be on the forefront of innovation and to demonstrate our leadership in sustainable transportation,” said Tim Burke, vice president of transportation, Albertsons Cos., in a statement. “We look forward to operating Volvo VNR Electric trucks in our Southern California routes, as they will not only help improve air quality in the communities in which we operate, but the quiet motors will also provide a better working environment for our drivers and grocery store staff.”

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Image: Volvo/Albertsons Cos.