In a move to support its expanding supply chain network and e-commerce business, Walmart announced plans to build a million square foot plus fulfillment center in Olive Branch, MS, to open this spring.
The e-commerce-focused facility is part of a broader Walmart initiative to add more capacity into the supply chain network as it prepares for growth, the company noted. Walmart pointed out that, in the third quarter of fiscal 2022, its e-commerce sales grew 8% from the period in fiscal 2021 and 87% from two years past.
Although this is the first fulfillment center in the state, Walmart already operates three distribution centers and 86 retail stores in the state of Mississippi.
“Walmart is proud to welcome its newest fulfillment center to the city of Olive Branch as we continue to grow our national supply chain network and e-commerce capabilities in the mid-South,” said Steve Miller, senior vp of supply chain operations, Walmart U.S., in announcing the fulfillment center build. “The new facility will store millions of items from Walmart’s everyday low-priced merchandise, which will be ready to be shipped directly to customers with the great speed that they expect.”