Ever wonder how the products you see on our shelves get there? It all comes down to logistics, and it's how Walmart works. Every year, we move millions of products from manufacturers to Walmart distribution centers, and from distribution centers to the shelves in our stores.
Walmart’s 158 distribution centers are hubs of activity for our business. Our distribution operation is one of the largest in the world. Walmart logistics has a fleet of 6,500 tractors, 55,000 trailers and more than 7,000 drivers.
- A regional distribution center can have up to 12 miles of conveyor belts, which can move hundreds of thousands of cases through the facility each day.
- There are 9 disaster distribution centers, strategically located across the country and stocked to provide rapid response to struggling communities in the event of a natural disaster.
- Each distribution center is more than 1 million square feet in size, and uses more than 5 miles of conveyor belts to keep products moving to our stores 24 hours a day.
- Every distribution center supports 90 to 100 stores in a 200-mile radius.
Trucks and Truck Drivers
Walmart is able to move goods to and from distribution centers because we maintain a private fleet of trucks and a skilled staff of truck drivers. We think our team of drivers is the best in the world. They’re part of one of the largest and safest fleets, and every year they drive 700 million miles to make millions of deliveries to our stores and clubs. Each driver averages around 100,000 miles annually—that’s like driving around the world 4 times!
Together with our truck drivers, we’re constantly working to ensure that we’re moving merchandise in responsible, sustainable ways. Drivers follow the most efficient routes to their destinations, and work to minimize the number of “empty miles” they drive. This way, we use less fuel, we drive fewer miles and we maximize the merchandise we deliver while minimizing our environmental impact.
In 2014, we delivered nearly 161 million more cases, while adding just 24 million new miles as compared with 2013. The efficiency has helped us avoid more than 15,000 metric tons of carbon emissions - the equivalent of removing more than 3,000 cars from the road. Learn more about our sustainability efforts.