sustainable product transportation
With more than 1,100 stores across the country, merchandise transportation represents a significant part of Ross’ environmental footprint. Although we do not own our own fleet of trucks, we employ several strategies to make product transportation more sustainable.
We ship more than 25 percent of our products by rail, which is less polluting than ground transportation.
Over 75 percent of our transportation partners participate in the SmartWay Transport Partnership, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency program that improves fuel efficiency and reduces air pollution.
We combine loads and cube out our trailers between distribution points to have fewer trucks on the road. We also optimize store deliveries on a day-to-day basis to minimize driven miles and our carbon footprint.
All of these approaches help us reduce air pollution, limit greenhouse gas emissions and lead to significant cost savings.