Lancaster, Texas — Walmart plans to build two new high-tech facilities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to support the retailer’s growing supply chain network: a 1.5 million-square-foot automated fulfillment center, set to open in 2023, and a 730,000-square-foot automated grocery distribution center, set to open in 2024. When built, the new facilities will be among Walmart’s largest automated fulfillment and distribution centers.
The facilities will play a critical role in Walmart’s supply chain to deliver on the retailer’s promise to get customers the items they want when they want them. Through the combination of Walmart associates and automation technology, the high-tech facilities will move more than two times the volume of a traditional fulfillment and grocery distribution center all while improving the accuracy, quality and speed of the fulfillment and distribution of products.
“Walmart is excited to welcome two new high-tech facilities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to our expanding supply chain network,” says Joe Metzger, executive vice president, supply chain operations at Walmart U.S. “These high-tech facilities will include game-changing innovations that are radically disrupting the supply chain, getting products onto store shelves and items shipped to our customers even faster, while saving time for our associates.”
Walmart’s high-tech facilities are part of a larger investment the retailer announced earlier this year to double down on the use of automation technology in its supply chain. It comes just months after the retailer announced its plans to add automation in more than half of its regional distribution centers and automated market fulfillment centers in select stores. The retailer has also made investments in drones and autonomous vehicles to support last mile deliveries.
Walmart operates 19 distribution centers, 593 retail stores and employs 171,000+ associates in the state of Texas.
Walmart Inc. has approximately 10,500 stores and clubs under 48 banners in 24 countries and e-commerce websites. With fiscal year 2021 revenue of $559 billion, Walmart employs 2.2 million associates worldwide. For more information, visit https://corporate.walmart.com.
SOURCE: Walmart Inc.