Carrefour launches several initiatives to support the circular economy and achieve sustainability


Dubai: «The Gulf»
Carrefour, owned and operated by Majid Al Futtaim in the UAE, has launched a package of sustainable initiatives through its partnership with Chip, the Middle East’s supply chain solutions company, and GLS International, the global logistics company. The experts in returnable packaging solutions. This will contribute to enhancing Carrefour’s circular economy approach, which will significantly reduce waste and increase efficiency in Carrefour’s logistics and supply chain operations.
Carrefour has adopted and deployed the Chip system in all its warehouses, where single-use pallets have been replaced with reusable blue wooden ones, to facilitate the transfer of goods between its suppliers and Carrefour branches and make it more sustainable. Chip’s innovative solutions ensure that supply chain packaging can be shared and reused while distributing Carrefour’s extensive product range to more than 107 branches across the UAE, including four distribution centres. The “Chip” system will help Carrefour replace single-use pallets with wooden ones, eliminating 62 tons of carbon emissions and 4.4 tons of waste. Chip is one of the most environmentally friendly companies in the world.
“Positive Outcome”
Carrefour has also partnered with the International Logistics Company to replace the currently approved single-use cartons with reusable plastic boxes throughout the entire Carrefour supply chain, which reduces waste while transporting goods from warehouses to Carrefour branches. Carrefour also designed advanced tracking systems to manage returned packages. This enables more sustainable transportation with local suppliers, protects goods from damage during transportation, and thus also reduces food waste.
Bernardo Pierloero, Chief Operating Officer of Carrefour UAE at Majid Al Futtaim Retail, said: “At Carrefour, we have always been committed to sustainable development and elevating our operations to achieve a better circular economy. Collaborating with leading solutions companies such as CHIP and Global Logistics is an important step in our journey towards sustainability. We are committed to contributing to Majid Al Futtaim’s goal of achieving the bottom line strategy by 2040, and we will continue to work with our customers to contribute to protecting the planet.”
Eco-friendly trucks
“Carrefour urges all of its partners to embrace circular economy solutions, reducing unnecessary waste and waste by sharing and reusing resources,” added Berluero.
Carrefour worked to achieve various possible benefits within the supply chain, facilitating the flow of goods at various stages, by modernizing delivery cars and adopting environmentally friendly cars as well, and its old trucks were replaced with a modern fleet compatible with the highest emissions standards. This upgrade will bring the new trucks into compliance with Euro 4 and 5 standards, reducing carbon monoxide by 25% and impurities by 50%.
These trucks will operate with an extended chassis specially made to accommodate the largest possible number of goods inside and reach the intended destination as efficiently as possible. Carrefour has made nearly 66% of its current fleet sustainable, and plans to replace the remaining vehicles by the end of the year. Through this step, Carrefour succeeded in increasing the amount of goods it transports daily, and reducing the number of trucks by 20% at the same time.


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