Walmart gets greener

charrison

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In October, the Bentonville, Ark., retailer unveiled plans to make its trucking fleet 25% more fuel-efficient within three years. The fleet of 7,100 trucks already is on track to become 18% more efficient over the next year alone, said Johnnie Dobbs, Wal-Mart's executive vice president of logistics. "At this point, we feel pretty comfortable we can make the 25% goal," Mr. Dobbs said.

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Mr. Dobbs said the bulk of the savings for Wal-Mart's trucking fleet thus far have come from the installation of auxiliary units that power the air conditioning when a truck is parked, eliminating the need to run the engine. Wal-Mart's trucks also are benefiting from wider tires that can carry bigger payloads, aerodynamic skirts and cowlings that cut wind resistance, and new additives that give diesel more bang for the buck.

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The plans are a pillar of an environmental initiative that Wal-Mart announced with much fanfare in October. In addition to slashing transportation costs, the program also seeks to reduce greenhouse gases from existing stores and distribution centers by 20% over the next seven years.

As for new stores, Wal-Mart aims to introduce a design within four years that is at least 25% more energy-efficient. Those developments could also pay off, as the price of electricity and natural gas have soared along with the price of oil.


Could not find the original thread i started on this topic. Looks like walmart may very well double its truck fleet fuel economy. 25% increase in 3 years is very significant and no doubt the rest of the trucking industry will adopt similar technologies.
 

jrenz

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It's only because they are a greedy republican corporation which wants to make money. Down with Bush! Or something...
 

Jeff7

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Interesting. As much as I dislike Walmart, it's good that they're at least doing something positive.
 

techs

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I remember when this was posted many months ago.
I thought maybe this thread would be about some actual results Wal-Marth had achieved.
Guess not.
btw with the price of gas all companies will be looking to increase mileage.
And Wal-Mart could get 1,000 miles per gallon in its trucks and not come close to the HUUUUGGGGEEEEE increases in oil consumption its transfer of manufacturing facilities to China has caused.
Net effect-Wal-Mart has had a huge handin INCREASING the price of oil for all Americans.
 

DealMonkey

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Yeah this is great and all, but one could argue that if WM didn't exist in the first place, they wouldn't own/operate a fleet of 7,100 trucks belching pollution and sucking down gas. So, while it's still a net loss, at least they're trying to do something positive rather than simply being a poster child for American mass consumption, the decline of American-made products and our nation's trade deficit with China.

Woot?
 

zendari

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Originally posted by: DealMonkey
Yeah this is great and all, but one could argue that if WM didn't exist in the first place, they wouldn't own/operate a fleet of 7,100 trucks belching pollution and sucking down gas. So, while it's still a net loss, at least they're trying to do something positive rather than simply being a poster child for American mass consumption, the decline of American-made products and our nation's trade deficit with China.

Woot?

If you didn't exist you would use your X gallons to commute to work everyday.

Even if its for business purposes at leats they are doing something.
 

DealMonkey

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Originally posted by: zendari
Originally posted by: DealMonkey
Yeah this is great and all, but one could argue that if WM didn't exist in the first place, they wouldn't own/operate a fleet of 7,100 trucks belching pollution and sucking down gas. So, while it's still a net loss, at least they're trying to do something positive rather than simply being a poster child for American mass consumption, the decline of American-made products and our nation's trade deficit with China.

Woot?

If you didn't exist you would use your X gallons to commute to work everyday.

Even if its for business purposes at leats they are doing something.
I don't commute to work every day smart guy. And yes, I already mentioned it was great they were doing "something." Finally the fiscal incentive to save gas is upon us! Even Wal-Mart sees the $ savings. Cha-ching. Imagine the sort of measures they would implement if gas was $5/gallon. Stay tuned.
 

charrison

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Originally posted by: DealMonkey
Yeah this is great and all, but one could argue that if WM didn't exist in the first place, they wouldn't own/operate a fleet of 7,100 trucks belching pollution and sucking down gas. So, while it's still a net loss, at least they're trying to do something positive rather than simply being a poster child for American mass consumption, the decline of American-made products and our nation's trade deficit with China.

Woot?

Somehow you think there would be less trucks in the retail world if walmart did not exist? Surely you are joking.

 

Corn

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Originally posted by: charrison
Originally posted by: DealMonkey
Yeah this is great and all, but one could argue that if WM didn't exist in the first place, they wouldn't own/operate a fleet of 7,100 trucks belching pollution and sucking down gas. So, while it's still a net loss, at least they're trying to do something positive rather than simply being a poster child for American mass consumption, the decline of American-made products and our nation's trade deficit with China.

Woot?

Somehow you think there would be less trucks in the retail world if walmart did not exist? Surely you are joking.

Don't ya know, charrison, that all those mom and pop retailers that Walmart drove out of business would have had all their stock delivered by fuel efficient Honda Civics; about 1,495,000 of 'em. ;)

 

3chordcharlie

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Originally posted by: Corn
Originally posted by: charrison
Originally posted by: DealMonkey
Yeah this is great and all, but one could argue that if WM didn't exist in the first place, they wouldn't own/operate a fleet of 7,100 trucks belching pollution and sucking down gas. So, while it's still a net loss, at least they're trying to do something positive rather than simply being a poster child for American mass consumption, the decline of American-made products and our nation's trade deficit with China.

Woot?

Somehow you think there would be less trucks in the retail world if walmart did not exist? Surely you are joking.

Don't ya know, charrison, that all those mom and pop retailers that Walmart drove out of business would have had all their stock delivered by fuel efficient Honda Civics; about 1,495,000 of 'em. ;)

All the way from China.