How Are Top Retailers Reducing their Impact on the Environment?

As concern about the effects of carbon emissions grows, companies are doing all they can to try to keep their impact on the environment to a minimum. This can be a challenge for retailers as consumers increasingly desire home and in-store deliveries.

While switching to more efficient freight delivery trucks is incredibly important, there are plenty of other steps that can also make a big difference. Let’s look at some of the top retailers and see how they’re making strides in this area.


Walmart has doubled its freight delivery efficiency by making some key changes to its network. They increased the amount of freight hauled by each truck while decreasing the overall total delivery miles for their fleet as a whole. They accomplished this by adding pick-ups and drop-offs to a single truck’s route instead of enlisting multiple trucks for the job.

In addition to smart scheduling and data analysis, they also resorted to low-tech approaches like asking their truck drivers which routes have hilly terrain or high amounts of traffic and therefore need more fuel. They’ve also trained their drivers on best practices, which can make a big difference when you consider the fact that drivers are said to have an impact on fuel usage of up to 35 percent.

Home Depot

Home Depot has also undergone a positive transformation recently. They’ve slashed the number of trucks that go directly to a store from 70 to 30 percent after finding that trucks that pick up and drop off several batches of freight at various places along a single route use less fuel than fleets completing individual round trips.

The move helped them cut a remarkable 18 million miles from the routes their delivery trucks drive, which also reduced the fuel they needed and cut their carbon dioxide emissions by 37 million kilograms.

With more than a quarter of all the greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. coming from transportation, it’s good to see companies being more conscious of the problem and playing a more active role in keeping it to a minimum.

This blog post was based off of an article from Green Biz. View the original here.

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