Global retail giant Walmart said its Walmart Canada segment recently rolled out a new 60-foot multi-temperature refrigerated trailer, which the company says is one of the first of its kind for the company in North America. North.
The company observed in a blog post written by Stephanie Fusco, General Affairs Manager of Walmart Canada, that this trailer allows the company to ship more freight to stores in a single trip, providing better efficiency to the within its supply chain, as well as lower CO2 emissions.
In terms of how this new trailer can drive efficiencies, Fusco noted in the blog that departing Walmart’s Mississauga fulfillment center for its Windsor and Woodstock stores, the temperature refrigerated trailer can hold up to 30 pallets of perishables, such as meat and dry/wet goods, requiring different temperatures.
“For context, a standard 53-foot trailer can hold about 26 pallets,” Fusco wrote. “The increased capacity and multi-temperature zones provide the flexibility to serve our stores in the most efficient way by combining certain stops that would not normally be dispatched on the same trailer.”
Aaron Ritter, director of transportation at Walmart Canada, said ML that a major driver of this new trailer was due to Walmart aiming for zero emissions globally by 2040 without the use of offsets.
“We know that innovative and efficient transportation solutions are essential to achieving our sustainability goals,” Ritter said. “In 2012, we launched our first pilot program with our 60-foot ‘super cube’ trailer, and since then we’ve continued to work with organizations and manufacturers across the province on other ways to leverage tailor-made solutions to bring efficiency and savings to our customers. The introduction of our new 60 foot refrigerated trailer is just one of the ways we have created custom solutions to our transportation needs.
In terms of the benefits this trailer offers Walmart, from an operational and efficiency standpoint, Ritter explained that it gives Walmart additional flexibility, in terms of how it ships products and schedules routes.
As an example, he said Walmart Canada is able to make fewer trips overall by pairing certain stores with varying temperatures, allowing Walmart Canada to increase capacity more than ever before and helping reduce emissions. carbon by having less mileage and/or fewer trucks on the road.
In the blog, Walmart Canada’s Fusco said that in 2012 Walmart started a pilot program with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation to introduce 60-foot trailers to Ontario roads. And she added that this Special Vehicle Configuration Permit pilot project has been a success and has allowed organizations across the province to improve productivity by reducing the number of trips needed to move lighter and bulkier goods.
When asked if Walmart plans to use these types of trailers outside of Canada, Ritter said that given the success of Walmart’s Special Vehicle Configuration Permit pilot project with the Department of Transportation of Ontario, Walmart hopes to similarly collaborate with officials and the trucking industry to address future emissions and safety challenges with innovative approaches in other markets.
“While we are delighted to be able to reduce the number of trucks on the road and therefore reduce our carbon footprint, we have always said that sustainability is not a competitive advantage – we will share the knowledge and technology put into this truck with anyone interested in order to have the greatest impact on environmental protection,” said Ritter. “Our ability to ship up to 30% more product not only benefits the environment, but also reduces transportation costs, which is a saving that we can pass on to our customers.”
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