Outspoken to re-launch as Zedify on Clean Air Day
On Clean Air Day (this Thursday, 21 June), the Cambridge-based cargo bike company Outspoken Delivery will officially re-launch as Zedify and announce its intention to be “the UK’s first national zero-emissions delivery service”.
In a statement sent to Post&Parcel, Zedify (née Outspoken) said that the new name “stands for zero-emissions delivery”. Outspoken Delivery started up in Cambridge 12 years ago. Now, as Zedify, they’ve joined forces with Recharge Cargo from Brighton, as well as technology firm Skotkonung to form what they describe as a “growing network of zero emissions delivery hubs”.
Zedify currently serves six locations across the UK Cambridge, central London, Waltham Forest, Brighton, Glasgow, and Norwich. The company said that it “aims to be able to offer a zero emission service in all urban areas in the near future starting with Edinburgh next month”.
Goods at Zedify’s city centre depots are sorted into local, digitally-tracked delivery rounds and sent to their final addresses by specially adapted cargo bikes carrying up to 250 kilos – or electric vans if needed. Clients include online retailers, logistics carriers such as TNT as well as local businesses for across town deliveries.
Zedify’s co-founder, Rob King, commented: “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 toxic mix of poor air-quality and increased congestion. Businesses, especially retailers, need to step up and decouple the last mile of their deliveries to more sustainable services – which Zedify now enables them to do.”
Zedify’s other co-founder, Sam Keam added: “A whopping 90% of millennial shoppers say they prefer to buy from companies with a social or environmental purpose. If their online order arrives by bike, then that’s a big, and very visual, statement. For the first time, progressive brands can deliver the environmentally friendly services their customers demand, while maintaining their expectations around cost and speed.”