With its recent implementation of the McDonald’s Forward Warehouse Initiative pilot project, Armada Supply Chain Solutions had an opportunity to explore new means to maximize the energy efficiency of the outbound freight it manages from the Perryville, Md., warehouse. Marten Transport’s (Armada’s largest carrier partner) new Lite Fleet truck tractors allow for the transport of an additional 4,000 pounds of freight per truckload, as compared to standard tractor/trailer configurations.
Armada made the decision to source all outbound lanes from its Perryville forward warehouse to Marten and to partner with Marten to implement the Lite Fleet tractors on these lanes as part of a dedicated fleet operation. With the extra freight capacity provided by the Lite Fleet tractors, Armada is able to pack an additional two pallets of french fries into each truckload of product. This has reduced the number of truckloads of fries shipped to Harriman each week by approximately 10 percent (2.5 truckloads per week), or 130 truckloads per year. For the mixed load shipments, the additional freight capacity has reduced the number of shipments from Perryville by an average of two per week, or 104 truckloads per year.
Total estimated annual savings generated by using Lite Fleet tractors on all shipments from the Perryville forward warehouse are as follows:
$175,500 in freight costs
7,790 gallons of diesel fuel
173,160 pounds of CO2 emissions