Safety First: A Walmart Commitment
With over 2 million miles traveled between each preventable accident, Walmart is recognized by the industry for having one of the safest fleets in the country. In addition to being one of the safest private fleets, Walmart also has one of the largest – more than 6,000 tractors and 60,000 trailers.
Walmart achieves this exemplary record by focusing on training and incentives, keeping their well-maintained late-model fleet equipped with a variety of safety features, and empowering drivers to make the decision to “shut down” and pull over in bad weather situations whenever they don’t feel it’s safe to continue. It’s about doing things safer, not faster.
Sustainability Goal Breakers
In 2005, a goal to double fleet efficiency within 10 years led to a renewed focus on loading, routing, driving, and collaborating with tractor trailer manufacturers to improve equipment technologies. Ultimately, it also set the wheels in motion for success – a 102.2% improvement over the 2005 baseline performance levels. In 2015, the fleet moved over 1 billion more cases while driving nearly 460 million fewer miles.
In addition to testing new types of trucks, the fleet also initiated a pilot program to explore more sustainable alternate fuel resources. One prime example is Reclaimed Grease FuelTM, made with the waste brown cooking grease from Walmart stores. An 80/20 blend of biodiesel (made of reclaimed yellow waste grease) and liquid natural gas have also been tested.