Walmart plans to build a new fulfillment center in Salt Lake City to support its growing e-commerce business, the company announced.
In the meantime, The Kroger Co. stated that it is looking to add another robotic fulfillment center in North Carolina.
The 1,000,000-plus square-foot Walmart Salt Lake City FC will open in the summer of 2022, the company noted. Walmart fulfillment centers focus on storing items that are picked, packed and shipped directly to customers as soon as the next day. The facility is part of a broader initiative to add more capacity into Walmart’s supply chain as the retailer prepares for growth, it asserted. In the third quarter of its fiscal 2022, Walmart U.S. e-commerce sales grew 8%, Walmart noted, adding that the company’s digital business has enjoyed 87% over the past two years.
Kroger’s North Carolina FC, which employs technology developed by the Ocado Group, combines vertical integration, machine learning and robotics to provide an affordable, friendly, and fast fresh food delivery service as part of the company’s online ecosystem, Kroger maintained. The 200,000 square foot facility should become operational within 24 months after the site breaks ground.