- Carrefour deploys CHEP’s pallet pooling system across all of its warehouses in the UAE
- Carrefour has partnered with GLS to replace cardboard storage with returnable plastic crates
- Carrefour is upgrading its fleet of delivery vehicles, adopting more eco-friendly trucks to meet higher emission standards
- Transitioning into a circular economy is a major step towards Carrefour sustainability goals, including becoming net positive by 2040
Dubai: Carrefour – owned and operated by Majid Al Futtaim in the UAE – has rolled out several sustainable initiatives through partnerships with CHEP, the Middle East’s market benchmark in supply chain solutions, and GLS International, an expert in returnable packaging solutions. This will help reinforce Carrefour’s circular economy approach, which will drastically reduce waste and increase efficiency across Carrefour’s logistics and supply chain operations.
Carrefour has deployed CHEP’s pooling system in all of its warehouses, which replaces single-use pallets with reusable blue wooden ones to make it easier and more sustainable to move items between its suppliers and stores. CHEP’s innovative solution ensures that supply chain packaging can be shared and reused whilst distributing Carrefour’s large range of products to more than 107 Stores across the UAE, including four DC warehouses. By replacing single-use pallets with wooden ones, CHEP will help Carrefour to eliminate 62 tonnes of carbon emissions and 4.4 tonnes of waste. CHEP is consistently rated as one of the most environmentally friendly businesses in the world.
Carrefour has also partnered with GLS to replace its current one-way cardboard packaging delivery with returnable plastic crates across its entire supply chain, reducing waste en route between Carrefour warehouses and stores. Carrefour advanced tracking systems have been designed for returnable packaging management. Not only will this allow for more sustainable connections with local suppliers, but it will keep items from being damaged during transit, therefore also reducing food waste.
“Our circular economy model represents the future of our operations. Collaborating with leading solution companies such as CHEP and GLS is only a starting point in our sustainability journey. We are committed to contributing to Majid Al Futtaim’s goal of becoming Net Positive by 2040, and together, with our customers, we will save the planet,” said Bernardo Perloiro, Chief Operations Officer of Carrefour UAE at Majid Al Futtaim Retail. “Carrefour encourages all of its partners to use circular economy solutions and work towards eliminating needless waste by sharing and reusing resources.”
To offer significant supply chain benefits and enhance the flow of items from beginning to end, suppliers to consumers, Carrefour’s delivery vehicles are going green too. Its older, heavier trucks have been replaced with a modern fleet that can meet higher emission standards. The upgrade will ensure that the new trucks comply by the Euro Norms 4 & 5 standards to reduce CO by twenty-five percent and particles by fifty percent.
These will operate with a custom-made, extended body chassis that ensure as many items as possible can fit inside and reach their destinations as efficiently as possible. Carrefour has made nearly sixty-six percent of its existing fleet sustainable with plans to replace the remaining vehicles as well by the end of the year. With this move, Carrefour has increased its efficiency in transporting more pallets per day and is reducing the number of trucks on the road by 20 percent.
Carrefour was launched in the region in 1995 by UAE-based Majid Al Futtaim, which is the exclusive franchisee to operate Carrefour in over 30 countries across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, and fully owns the operations in the region. Today, Majid Al Futtaim operates over 375 Carrefour stores in 17 countries, serving more than 750,000 customers daily and employing over 37,000 colleagues.