Walmart Achieves 60% Increase in Fleet Efficiency, Aims for 100%

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In brief: In 2005, Walmart began working towards a goal of doubling fleet efficiency by 100% (or double) by 2015.

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Walmart TrailerIn 2005, Walmart began initiatives to improve its tractor-trailer delivery fleet's efficiency by double (equivalent to getting 13mpg per rig) by 2015. Improvements that year alone increased average truck miles per gallon from 5.9 to 7.1mpg.

Through enhanced tractor dynamics, aerodynamic and weight improvements to trailers, better logistical routing, and smarter trailer and goods loading, Walmart has further improved fleet-wide efficiency by 60%. The ultimate goal is 100% by the end of this year, cutting back the original plan of 2015 by five years.

Several alt-fuel trucks are in Walmart's test fleets, including a plug-in hybrid electric from ArvinMeritor being tested in Detroit and five Peterbilt Model 386 hybrid tractor-trailers operating at cities nationally.

Fifteen trucks in Phoenix are running on grease fuel recycled from grease traps in Walmart stores while other trucks in Walmart's fleet are using 80/20 diesel/biodiesel blends.

Overall, the company has shipped 77 million more cases of goods in 2009 than in 2008 while saving over 100 million drive miles on their trucks.

And so ...

Definitely a step in the right direction.

Photo credits: Walmart

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