After a successful pilot project in a few Belgian train stations last year, the national railway company NMBS/SNCB wants to expand its collect system for fresh groceries to more than fifty stations in Belgium. NMBS/SNCB intends to launch the concept by spring next year and is looking for candidate distributors to deliver fresh food.
The concept is simple: people can order fresh fruit and vegetables online, choose a pick-up point, and collect their groceries on their way home after work.
NMBS/SNCB wants to breathe new life into the train stations and encourage local projects focusing on new consumer habits. The pilot project last year was a success. Now, the railway company is looking for candidates willing to distribute fresh groceries to the clients via a traditional, weekly greengrocer stall or a locker system.
In Flanders, the Belgian rail is looking for candidates in the stations of Blankenberge, Gent, and Mechelen, among others, and for Wallonia, in Andenne, Genval, and Waterloo, for instance.
Federal Minister of Mobility Georges Gilkinet (Ecolo) expressed his enthusiasm in the press release: “Stations occupy a central and strategic position in our cities and villages. I want to make them even livelier with socially relevant activities.”
“That is why I welcome this initiative by NMBS/SNCB to sell fruit and vegetables from the short chain. I’m delighted that after last year’s pilot project, NMBS/SNCB now launches a call for projects in more than fifty stations in Belgium.”