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• Walmart said yesterday that it plans to test “a new type of heavy-duty commercial hybrid truck and a new type of alternatively fueled truck,” which are part of its “efforts to build on its progress in developing a more sustainable trucking fleet.”

According to the statement released by the company, “Wal-Mart achieved more than a 25 percent increase in efficiency within its private fleet between 2005 and 2008, surpassing one of the company's stated sustainability goals. By reaching this goal, Wal-Mart has been able to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions and its fuel use. This goal was reached by using a combination of new, innovative technologies, better delivery routes and by loading its trailers more efficiently. Now, the company is working toward its goal of doubling its fleet efficiency by 2015, from its 2005 baseline. Part of this pilot program is to determine if alternatively fueled trucks can help move Wal-Mart toward that goal in addition to reducing environmental impacts.”

The New York Times reports this morning that “Wal-Mart is also using special tracking software to optimize drivers’ routes — a strategy that U.P.S. and other companies are also deploying.”
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