Walmart Canada adds refrigerated trailer to fleet

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

The custom-built multi-temp refrigerated trailer lets the company ship more freight to stores in a single trip, resulting in improved supply chain efficiency and less emissions.

“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,” said Patricio Dallan, senior vice-president, 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. Departing our Mississauga distribution centre for our stores in Windsor and Woodstock, this trailer can fit as many as 30 pallets of perishable goods, like meat and dry/wet produce, requiring different temperatures. For context, a standard 53-foot trailer can fit about 26 pallets. The increased capacity and multi-temperature zones provide the flexibility to service our stores in the most efficient manner by pairing certain stops together that would not normally ship on the same trailer.”

Walmart is targeting zero emissions globally by 2040 without the use of offsets and has committed to an alternatively-powered fleet in Canada by 2028, the company said.

“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,” shares Brian Sookhai, Senior Manager, Transportation Innovation and Planning, 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.”

Walmart Canada collaborated with Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company in building the trailer.