Hot off the press wire is this item about Walmart’s relationship with Castrol. Walmart Tire & Lube Express facilities first began testing Castrol’s Enviro-Pack (e-Pack, for short) “bag-in-box” dispensing units in 2008. Now it seems more Tire & Lube Express facilities will use the novel dispensing system, many even forgoing bulk oil tanks. From the press release:
Castrol…has partnered with Walmart Tire and Lube Express to revolutionize how oil change facilities are built and operated with its Castrol Enviro-Pack (e-Pack) and e-Dispense system. Instead of putting in costly bulk tanks that turn inventory slowly, the new prototype shop for Walmart Tire and Lube Express has a smaller footprint and solely runs on Castrol’s e-Dispense and e-Pack. For smaller volume premium fluids, oil changes are performed by manually dispensing out of the e-Packs instead of using costly plastic bottles, reducing the amount of plastic being placed into landfills.
“Our partnership with Castrol and investment in the e-Pack product for our Tire and Lube Express business addresses a dual business objective – greater operational efficiency and a focus on more environmentally friendly packaging, ” said Scott McCarter, Senior Director of Walmart Tire and Lube Express operations. “Our work with Castrol is unique in our space and has revolutionized how we purchase and utilize oil. Replacing more costly bulk tanks with e-Packs and e-Dispense units will have a substantive benefit for our business by reducing construction costs and improving inventory management.”
The new oil change facilities build on the work that Castrol and Walmart have done on e-packs since 2008. The e-Pack packaging, a poly bag inside corrugated carton, is more environmentally friendly than quart bottles, which allows for more than 85 percent reduction in discarded plastic. As a result of businesses such as Walmart switching to Castrol’s e-Pack and phasing out more traditional plastic quart bottles, Castrol reached a tremendous milestone with over 2 million pounds of plastic saved from entering the waste stream. The volume of bottles that were eliminated from the waste stream could fill approximately eight Olympic-sized pools.
In recognition of the environmental benefits and strengthening partnership between both companies, Castrol recently became a co-recipient of Walmart’s Vendor of the Year Award for Sustainability. Walmart operates 2,500 Tire and Lube Express facilities in the United States and through their partnership with Castrol, it has eliminated approximately one million quarts of oil waste. Castrol’s e-Pack reduces 86 percent of residual oil left in packaging versus the original quart packaging. The added benefit is that the cardboard e-Pack packaging is recyclable.
A website dedicated to the Castrol Enviro-Pack has been launched and includes valuable information about Castrol’s latest product offerings, as well as insight into the latest news and trends within the oil and lubricants industry. For more information, please visit: www.castrolusa.com/epack
(This post written while listening to “Operation Mindcrime” by Queensryche. Some ’80s acid rock on a hot Friday afternoon!)