First to 53, then to 60

Canadian Tire, was the first company to deploy 53-foot containers, and has since begun using 60-footers.

“We have built the largest private fleet in Canada, with over 7,000 units in operation,” Gary Fast, vice-president of transportation with Canadian Tire, said of 53-ft. containers.

It has taken its supersized containers to the next level, becoming the first “anywhere” to use a 60-foot intermodal container. Canadian Tire now has 153 60-ft. units in operation, and plans to grow the fleet to 600 by the end of 2021. In total, Canadian Tire is in the process of adding another 1,000 containers to its fleet, a combination of 53- and 60-ft. units.

The container chassis spec’d by Canadian Tire are primarily extendable from 40- to 53-ft., or 40- to 60-ft. in length. The most recent chassis are spec’d with roll stability for long combination vehicles (LCV) operations, and the retailer spec’s 100% hot galvanized chassis for corrosion resistance rather than painted steel.

Giant Tiger, a Canadian-headquartered discount retailer, is expanding the productivity of its truck fleet by expanding the size of equipment itself.

The fleet already incorporates  LCV in its operation, but is now making further investments in 53-foot intermodal containers.

The longer units boast 60% more capacity than a standard-height 40-foot container, offering a perfect match for the fleet that often cubes out before maximizing allowable gross vehicle weights.
“We cube out way before we weigh out,” says James Johnstone, associate vice-president – transportation, referring to cargo that includes fashion items, towels, pillows and stuffed animals.