John Lewis


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The John Lewis Partnership’s 93,800 Partners own the leading UK retail businesses John Lewis and Waitrose. Our founder’s vision of a successful business powered by its people and its principles defines our unique company today. The profits and benefits created by our success are shared by all our Partners.

“Our commitment to sustainable business growth is not new. By setting a stretching and challenging target, underpinned by a robust, long-term carbon reduction plan, we will focus our efforts to reduce
our absolute carbon emissions as we grow. Integral to our approach to reducing our carbon emissions is the trust we have built with our customers based on our commitment to deliver what we promise and the real sense of ownership that our Partners have in our business success”

Charlie Mayfield,
Chairman, John Lewis Partnership.


“We have been working with the SRF since it’s formation, and membership has been very valuable for us. In setting a long tern strategy to reduce the environmental impact of our fleet, it is important to look beyond current best practice and seek out future opportunities. Decisions on selecting those opportunities must be based on good science.  The SRF gives us access to leading academic resources, both engineering and operational, and the  ability to help direct future areas of research. Most importantly, the aim is always to apply the research in a practical way. A good example of that is that our current trailer aerodynamic design is shaped very much by this research.

Justin Laney, General Manager Transport, John Lewis Partnership.

Benefits of Membership

The main benefits of being a SRF member to The John Lewis Partnership have been:

  • The ability to help direct world class research in vehicle engineering and logistics
  • The ability to apply research practically in relatively short timescales
  • The great networking opportunities

John Lewis is currently supporting the following projects:

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Ultra-Lightweight Trailer Design

This project will explore the benefits to be realised by using composite materials in the context of new trailer axle steering technologies which enable novel arrangements of axles and substantially Read more…


Minimising Energy Through Optimised Logistics

This project will develop methods for reducing energy consumption of urban freight systems by combined optimization of vehicle technologies and logistical operating principles.  Objectives (i) Develop and validate a general-purpose mathematical Read more…