XPO and Schneider Electric: new multimodal freight link between UK and France

XPO and Schneider Electric: new multimodal freight link between UK and France

The sustainable road-rail combination is the latest innovation in the long-standing European partnership of both companies.

XPO's solution for Schneider moves parts and components on round-trips between Schneider's warehouse in Mions, France, and its manufacturing facility in Telford, UK. XPO's road fleet moves containers from Mions to the rail terminal at Vénissieux, from where the containers travel by rail through the Eurotunnel or terminate at Dourges where they cross the Channel by ferry. Once in the UK, XPO's road fleet completes the deliveries to Telford.

Klaids Lafon de Ribeyrolles, Vice President – Indirect Procurement for Schneider Electric, said: “As a market leader in Europe, our growth strategy prioritizes innovation and continuous improvement. XPO excels at developing alternative transport solutions that align with our goals. Their new France-to-UK solution has been delivering more efficiency with less environmental impact from day one of the implementation.”

By using rail and ferry to cover more than 650km of the journey, additional capacity has been created and carbon emissions are estimated to be reduced by 46% per year (172 tonnes of CO2) compared to road transport of 200 full truck loads.

Luis Gomez, President – Europe for XPO, explained: “Our multimodal corridors are connecting key trade areas in Europe by road, rail, and sea in response to customer requests. These solutions deliver cost efficiencies and contribute to the decarbonization of supply chains. We are strongly committed to alternative transport solutions and will ensure that our valued partnership with Schneider Electric receives the full benefit of our innovation.”

XPO has been a strategic partner to Schneider for 10 years, providing Schneider with full truckload, less-than-truckload, and multimodal services in France and Spain.

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