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Walmart Levies Pickup, Fuel Charges on Suppliers as Costs Soar

A truck exits from a Walmart Distribution Center in Saint George, Utah.

A truck exits from a Walmart Distribution Center in Saint George, Utah.

Photographer: George Frey/Bloomberg

Walmart Inc. is hitting some suppliers with two new charges as it struggles to soften the blow of surging transportation costs. 

Starting Aug. 1, suppliers that rely on Walmart’s “Collect” program to move their products to the company’s warehouses will have to pay a pickup charge based on the cost of goods received. In addition, they will have to face a fuel surcharge based on daily price changes, according to a memo from Walmart to the suppliers.