Ivey Publishing
Building Sustainable Distribution at Walmart Canada
Product Number:
9B13D010
Publication Date:
04/05/2013
Revised Date:
11/12/2013
Length:
9 pages (8 pages of text)
Product Type:
Case (Field)
Source:
Ivey
The director of logistics at Walmart Canada, was developing plans for a new distribution centre in Alberta. Senior management had presented her with a challenge: why not build the most sustainable distribution centre in the world? Yet, much remained unclear about how to translate this challenge into specific actions, while keeping in mind corporate goals for sustainability. Her team now was exploring three options that promised to be significantly greener: hydrogen fuel cells for forklift trucks, LED lighting and renewable energy generation from on-site wind turbines. Any investment in these sustainable technologies had to make business sense, and any decision could dramatically affect the distribution centre’s operating performance.
Learning Objective:
  • Encourage students to explore how sustainability can be translated into specific investments within a key segment of the supply chain.
  • Prompt students to consider strategic questions about how sustainability at a distribution centre can contribute simultaneously to corporate sustainability goals and operational excellence.
Issues:
Disciplines:
Operations Management,  International
Industries:
Retail Trade
Setting:
Canada, Large, 2010
Intended Audience:
Undergraduate/MBA
Price:
$4.25 CAD / $4.25 USD Printed Copy
$3.75 CAD / $3.75 USD Permissions
$3.75 CAD / $3.75 USD Digital Download
Associated Materials
Translations: Simplified Chinese (8 pages) , French (11 pages)
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