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October 27, 2022

Walmart Upgrades Texas DC in Campaign To Automate Distribution

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As it applies technology to boost logistics, Walmart has announced the completion of renovations made to its regional distribution center in Palestine, TX, transforming the building into a high-tech automated facility.

The multi-million-dollar investment in the 1.2 million square foot building is part of a broader initiative that Walmart announced last year to automate all 42 regional distribution centers and modernize its supply chain network to increase speed, efficiency and safety.

The new technology it is installing uses a combination of AI-powered software systems, robotics and automation to sort, store, retrieve and pack merchandise onto pallets, which then are then shipped to stores, Walmart stated. The upgrade transforms RDCs into high-density, automated facilities that provide faster product intake, increased inventory accuracy and additional building capacity. It saves store associates time by creating store- and aisle-ready pallets that take the guesswork out of unloading trucks and give them more time to serve customers. Beyond that, Walmart noted, the company expects the technology to improve employee safety while creating jobs that offer workers the ability to develop new skills in robotics and technology. In doing so, the company added, Walmart is creating positions workers may find more fulfilling, resulting in longer-term employment. 

“Walmart’s Palestine distribution center has been a pillar in the community for the last 42 years, and we’re excited to transform our building into an industry-leading, high-tech distribution center. This isn’t just an investment in our facility, but also our associates, our community and our future,” said Marty Denney, general manager, Regional Distribution Center #6036, Walmart U.S. in announcing the renovation.

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