In the period within the last ten years, Home Depot has been proudly transforming their freight’s system of transportation. Their previous one is modelled after scenes from the Flintstones wherein delivery trucks will go to a store to perform delivery of items that are more than the actual number of stocks they require. According to the senior manager of transportation carrier relations and sourcing, Ron Guzzi, they were able to make a 360 degree difference at the previous model they are using and transformed it into a more efficient one. This is the goal of every logistics provider such as logistics in Perth because of the growing concern in the pollution contributed by the industry.
He also added that Home Depot now only uses 30 per cent of its trucks in delivering directly to stores instead of the 70 per cent they use back in 2007. The transformation was needed because research and company experience showed that it is more efficient to employ a single truck that will deliver to multiple stores as long as they belong in a single route instead of deploying a truck for every single store delivery. With this method, they are able to save from fuel consumption.
After the switch was made, the operations of the freight system of Home Depot were able to eliminate about 18 million miles from the delivery trucks’ usual routes. In return, the company was able to burn less fuel and reduced the carbon dioxide emission by around 37 million kilograms.
The truck fleet employed by Home Depot is not owned by the company but they are working with contractors of trucking companies instead to take charge of their deliveries. To make sure that the company they work with is following the efficiency program by Home Depot, the carriers are required to be a part of their federal program known as Smart Way and they are mandated to comply with it. With the program, logistics companies are given incentives when they use less fuel. This method should be employed in logistics in Perth to encourage companies and the entire freight industry in the country to be more conscious with their emissions of greenhouse gases.