The store made famous for its everyday low priced goods may soon
also gain notoriety for the way it delivers those goods to the store—
with an everyday low impact fleet.
According to Fleet Owner
Wal-Mart Stores will test four different types of environmentally
friendly heavy-duty vehicles, including two hybrids and two
alternatively-fueled trucks, throughout 2009.
“In order to meet our goal of doubling our fleet
efficiency, we are taking an active role in the development of these
technologies,” said Chris Sultemeier, Senior VP of transportation for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
With unpredictable gas prices coupled with an
economy where fleet businesses may find themselves driving further to
turn a profit, is this type of efficiency the road to the profitability?
What about businesses who cannot afford the costs
of alternative fuel? Until then, your best bet may be other types of
business efficiencies: fuel cards
that don’t lock you in to a particular station, or ones that lock in a
price, consolidating routes, routine maintenance or some type of fuel
management program to control unwanted purchases and expenses.
It’s going to be a long road, but it doesn’t have to be a bumpy one.
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