Walmart puts Canada’s biggest multi-temperature reefer on the road

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada: Walmart Canada fleet has put its first 60-foot (18-metre) multi-temperature refrigerated trailer into service: the first of its kind for Walmart in North America.

The custom-built multi-temp refrigerated trailer allows Walmart to ship freight more efficiently and reduce C02 emissions, Stephanie Fusco, Walmart Canada corporate affairs, said.

“Launching this type of trailer is the latest example of how Walmart is innovating within transportation to transform the industry with our size and scale,” he said.

“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,” Patricio Dallan, senior vice president, supply chain, Walmart Canada, said. “

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,” Fusco 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,” Brian Sookhai, senior manager, transportation innovation and planning, Walmart Canada, said.

“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,” he said.

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.

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. In 2021, Walmart Canada announced it was the first major retailer in Canada to offer carbon-neutral last mile delivery.