Walmart Canada adds 60-foot reefer trailer to fleet

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

Walmart Canada’s fleet has expanded to include its first 60-foot multi-temperature refrigerated trailer. It’s also the first of its kind for Walmart in North America.

The custom-built multi-temperature refrigerated trailer allows the retailer to ship more freight to stores in a single trip, resulting in improved efficiency and lower CO2 emissions.

The trailer is being used on routes between the company’s Mississauga distribution centre and stores in Windsor and Woodstock. It can carry up to 30 pallets of perishable goods – like meat and dry/wet produce – requiring different temperatures. That’s four more than a standard 53-foot trailer.

The increased capacity and multi-temperature zones allow for better routing and delivery planning. the company says it can now pair certain stops together that would not normally ship on the same trailer.

Custom built

The trailer was built by Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company, which adjusted its manufacturing capabilities to make it  possible.

“This is a truly custom solution, purpose-built for Walmart Canada to help us bring innovation to the industry and work towards reaching our regeneration goals,” said Brian Sookhai, senior manager, transportation innovation and planning at Walmart Canada.

“Working closely with Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company, we manufactured this trailer that allows for multi-temperature control and more capacity than ever before. This allows us to ship products at a variety of temperatures and make fewer overall trips, reducing our carbon emissions by having fewer trucks on the road.”

The trailer is being used on routes between Mississauga, Windsor and Woodstock, Ontario.

In 2012, Walmart initiated a pilot program with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation to introduce 60-foot trailers to Ontario’s roads. This Special Vehicle Configuration Permit pilot was successful and helped to open the door for organizations across the province to improve productivity by reducing the number of trips required to move lighter, bulkier cargo.

“Introducing this 60-foot, custom-built, multi-temperature refrigerated trailer into our fleet is latest example of how Walmart Canada is continually innovating within supply chain and pushing boundaries in the industry,” explains Patricio Dallan, SVP, supply chain, Walmart Canada.

“When Walmart makes a change, it has a ripple effect. In this case, we’re introducing a new custom solution to the Canadian market that helps to reduce our total number of trips and emissions. We’re incredibly proud of this milestone.”