More than a month after Walmart announced it would not reopen a Plainfield fulfillment center that closed after closing destroyed in a huge firethe company on Friday announced plans to open a high-tech distribution center northeast of Indianapolis in McCordsville.
The 2.2 million square foot facility, located at 5259 W. 500 N, would help the retailer ship orders faster, according to a press release. The facility is expected to create 1,000 new jobs in Hancock County and would open in the spring of 2023.
“We are thrilled to bring this high-tech distribution center and more than 1,000 supply chain jobs to McCordsville and the Greater Indianapolis area,” said Karisa Sprague, senior vice president, trade fulfillment. supply chain electronics at Walmart. Press release. “We continue to modernize our supply chain network and prepare for the growth of our digital business.”
The “next generation” fulfillment center is one of four new high-tech facilities Walmart plans to open across the United States to get online orders to customers faster. The company said it chose McCordsville for the facility because of its proximity to major metropolitan areas, the availability of workers and the region’s growing population.
Walmart said the fulfillment center technology would set a precedent for the speed at which online orders are fulfilled. The McCordsville facility will use automated technology that allows customers in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Ohio to have next-day or next-day shipping for online orders.
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David Guggina, Walmart’s senior vice president, automation and innovation, said the center will use an automated storage system, a five-step process that will eventually double the number of customer orders that can be filled in a day. The company has not disclosed how many fulfillment centers can be dispatched in a day.
A patent is pending on the five-step process, he said. Currently, Walmart has 31 fulfillment centers and 4,700 stores. Other next-generation distribution centers will be located in Joliette, Illinois; Greencastle, Pennsylvania; and Lancaster, Texas.
“Our new next-generation fulfillment center is the first of its kind for Walmart that will transform how we ship online orders to customers,” Guggina said in the press release.
Walmart employs 46,006 associates in Indiana. The company reported revenue of $141.6 billion in the first quarter of 2022, up from $138.3 billion a year earlier.