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Total Macy’s, Inc. Solar Electricity Production on 05/23/2017

SOLAR PRODUCTION185.8MWh OF CLEAN ENERGY
19,447 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO 144.0 TONS OF CARBON OFFSET
15,071 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO $19,877 DOLLARS SAVED
$2,080,778 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO 312,086 MILES NOT DRIVEN
32,670,154 YTD

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12/18/2013

Sustainable Transportation Helps Macy’s Cut Carbon Emissions

POSTED UNDER Recycling & Waste Reduction

Macy’s Transportation has introduced a number of new initiatives over the past few years to reduce carbon emissions, and two specific transportation projects have produced outstanding results.

You may be surprised to learn that railroads have greatly improved their service reliability in recent years. As a result, Macy’s has aggressively transitioned cross-country shipments from over-the-road trucks to intermodal rail containers, which contribute less than 50 percent the amount of carbon dioxide per freight mile than trucks. In 2011, intermodal use increased by 180 percent to over 33 million miles and reduced carbon dioxide emission by more than 49 million pounds versus 2010. Those numbers are staggering.

Approximately 95 percent of vendor shipments to our distribution centers are controlled by Macy’s. During the summer of 2010, “merge centers” were introduced in our three largest vendor shipping markets – California, New Jersey and North Carolina. Multiple vendors are combined on a single truck or container in these centers to ensure full utilization of the space on each trailer going to a Macy’s distribution center. This effort has increased the number of cartons per trailer by over 35 percent, which means less trucks purchased, less carbon emitted and less trailers taking up space at our distribution centers.

Transportation is a crucial part of any retailers’ business, which makes mainstreaming less wasteful alternatives a crucial part of Macy’s business.