Sainsbury's trials London grocery delivery on electric cargo bikes

Sainsbury's is trialling a new delivery method in south London this week, as the supermarket looks at new ways to get groceries to customers' doors.

Delivery riders are taking up to 100 orders a day through the streets on electric cargo bikes. The idea is to increase efficiency when delivering groceries by using cycle lanes and parking closer to customers' houses.

"We’re always looking for new ways to make sure we can best serve our customers and this trial will help us explore whether there might be a more flexible way to deliver Sainsbury’s groceries to those who live in busy cities," said Clodagh Moriarty, director of online at Sainsbury's

The zero emissions bikes, provided by, can hold 280 litres of product in the front and 130 litres at the back.

Customers living within three miles of Sainsbury's in Streatham who place orders weighing under 125kg could have their dinner delivered by electric bike.

If successful, the trial is likely to be rolled out to other busy urban areas across the UK.

By Alys Key

Apr 19, 2018