Walmart adding 4 fulfillment centers, more than 4,000 jobs

Walmart adding 4 fulfillment centers, more than 4,000 jobs

Walmart is adding four new fulfillment centers to its existing capacity, a move that will bring more than 4,000 jobs and make next- or two-day shipping available to more Americans

Walmart is adding four new fulfillment centers to its existing capacity, a move that will bring more than 4,000 jobs and make next- or two-day shipping available to more Americans. This announcement comes at a moment when consumers are more dependent on packages being delivered to their homes. Online ordering has increased over the years but the pandemic saw an increase in such orders. Americans stayed home during lockdowns to have essential items delivered to their homes. Although coronavirus restrictions have been lifted, many consumers still order online.

Walmart and other retailers are working together to keep up with Amazon’s speedy shipping. Amazon offers same-day, one day and two-day delivery options for Prime members.

Walmart announced Friday that its next generation fulfillment centers would be built in the next three-years. These centers will double the number of orders that can be fulfilled per day and feature machine learning and robotics. The four fulfillment centers can provide 75% shipping within two days for millions of items, including Marketplace products shipped by Walmart fulfillment services.

Walmart claims it can reach 95% the U.S. population using its traditional fulfillment centers. With the stock and capabilities at its stores, the company can offer same day delivery to 80%.

The first next generation fulfillment center will open over the summer in Joliet, Illinois, 45 miles (72.4 kilometers) southeast of Chicago. Another one will open next spring in McCordsville, Indiana, 20 miles (32.2 kilometers) northeast of Indianapolis. In the fall of 2023,, a third one will be opened in Lancaster, Texas. The fourth one will be located in 2024, Greencastle, Pennsylvania. They will join the pilot next-generation fulfillment centre in Pedericktown (New Jersey).

Walmart currently has 31 dedicated eCommerce fulfillment centers, 4,700 stores and 210 distribution centers.

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