We at Buy Your Groceries have put together a few calculations which may enlighten you as to just how much it costs to transport all the groceries that a big supermarket needs on a daily basis.
If one store needs 4 tonnes of stock delivered each day, using lorries which can transport 0.5 of a tonne, the store will require 8 lorries to make the delivery.
These 8 lorries will of course need 8 drivers.
If the warehouse is 96 miles away from the store, then the combined mileage of the 8 lorries would amount to 768 miles every day.
Most lorries average only around 6 miles to the gallon, which means that a whopping 128 gallons of fuel would be needed to transport stock to one supermarket every single day.
With the ever rising price of petrol now at a near all-time high of 135.52p per litre, each gallon of petrol costs around £6.10.
128 gallons at £6.10 would cost over £780.
Now we have to think of the trip back to the warehouse, so that’s £1,560 on fuel every day for just one store, that’s enough money to buy a good second hand Volkswagen Golf.
Add in drivers costs and multiple stores all over the country and you can see that the logistical chain is a very costly one.