With a commitment to achieve zero emissions by 2040, including long haul trucks, Walmart is empowering AI technology to identify opportunities for purchases to be fulfilled by Walmart stores instead of fulfillment centers, reducing the miles driven by their fleet of delivery vehicles. In line with its zero emissions commitment, Walmart also combines orders within delivery routes and uses electric vehicles. A Walmart store is located within 10 miles of 90% of the U.S. population, said Jennifer Mckeehan, senior vice president of End-to-End Delivery. "We can make a meaningful difference for our customers by strategically using our stores and last-mile delivery network to reduce waste and emissions.”
The company has shared an extensive plan surrounding becoming more regenerative, creating a lasting net impact on the planet through its business practices, products, and services. A goal is currently in place to power their facilities with 100% renewable energy by 2035, with 46% of their current operations powered through renewable energy.
The company also announced plans to transition low-impact refrigerants for cooling and heating in Walmart stores, clubs, data centers, and distribution centers by 2040 and work with suppliers to avoid one gigaton of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Over 4,500 of their suppliers have reported more than 574 million metric tons of reduced or avoided emissions since 2017.
Drones are also helping Walmart to be more sustainable with their last-mile delivery efforts, with the company expanding its drone operations to 37 hubs in seven states and 26 municipalities. The company views the technology as a more sustainable alternative to trucks and will explore leveraging the technology to retrieve goods in the future. Amazon has also begun using drone technology for their deliveries, with a new fleet designed to endure variable weather conditions becoming operational in 2024.
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