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Meijer wins double honor from EPA

BY Marianne Wilson

Meijer is being recognized for its ability to move more goods using less fuel.

The company is the first retailer to receive the U.S. EPA’s 2018 Smart Way Excellence Award in two categories simultaneously – as a shipper and a carrier. Meijer has been recognized as a SmartWay award recipient in the past – as a shipping partner in 2017 and as a carrier partner in 2007.

The SmartWay award recognizes the top retail and manufacturing carriers and shippers that demonstrate how their logistical operations make a measurable difference in reducing carbon emissions, while also effectively managing fuel costs as they move goods around the country.

“Our team members are driven to constantly monitor and improve the efficiency of our fleet with the mission to minimize our carbon footprint in the communities where we do business,” said Tom McCall, VP of logistics for Meijer, which operates more than 240 supercenters and grocery store throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin.

Meijer operates a fleet of 250 semi-trucks that cover more than 25 million miles each year. The company has also built a best-in-class clean diesel fleet and invested in energy efficiency within its retail operations, including its commitment to retrofit each of its more than 240 retail locations with LED lighting by 2021. Meijer reported the change will reduce its lighting electrical use by as much as 50% annually.

Meijer is constantly monitoring the emissions from its refrigerated trailers. All refrigerated units are programmed with “cycle sentry.” Cycle-Sentry automatically regulates the engine as refrigeration is needed. This technology enables Meijer to realize a fuel savings of nearly 80%, increase the life of its engines, and reduce maintenance costs.

Meijer also uses three, Tier 4 CARB hybrid/electric shore powered refrigerated units at its distribution facilities, and its stock dock doors run on electricity only. This reduces operating and maintenance expenses, eliminates local diesel emissions, and meets local noise ordinances. These hybrid units are now the standard specification for new unit purchases.

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H.Brown says:
Jan-17-2019 06:59 am

Our team members are driven to constantly monitor and improve the efficiency of our fleet with the mission to minimize our carbon footprint in the communities where we do business

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