Grand Rapids, Mich. — Meijer has earned a 2017 SmartWay® Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its outstanding environmental performance and leadership.
The award recognizes the top-performing SmartWay retail and manufacturing shipping partners that demonstrate how businesses can mitigate their carbon footprints and contribute to cleaner, healthier air, while saving on fuel costs as they move goods across the country.
"Meijer is proud to receive the prestigious recognition by SmartWay. Our distribution and logistics teams continue to make significant progress to lower emissions and reduce our carbon footprint in the markets we serve," says Tom McCall, vice president of logistics for Meijer. "We constantly focus on improving the efficiency of our fleet to reduce idle time, emissions, and impact on our neighbors, particularly in urban settings."
Meijer operates a fleet of 250 semi-trucks that, collectively, cover an estimated 25 million miles each year. Meijer is constantly working to minimize the emissions from refrigerated trailers. All refrigerated units are programmed with "cycle sentry." Cycle-Sentry automatically regulates the engine as refrigeration is needed. This technology enables Meijer to see a fuel savings of nearly 80%, increases the life of the engine, and reduces maintenance costs.
Meijer also uses three Tier 4 CARB hybrid/electric shore powered refrigerated units at its distribution and stock dock doors to run only on electronic. This reduces operating and maintenance expenses, eliminates local diesel emissions, and meets local noise ordinances. These hybrid units are now the standard specification for new unit purchases.
In addition, Meijer has built a best-in-class clean diesel fleet, made focused investments in energy efficiency within its retail footprint, and established an ongoing commitment to sustainable design in new construction and renovation.
The annual SmartWay Excellence Award honors top shipping and logistics companies for superior environmental performance. The award recipients are chosen from more than 3,500 companies and organizations participating in SmartWay.
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 235 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. For more information, visit www.meijer.com.