Walmart has opened a new e-commerce fulfilment centre in Davenport, Florida, US, which is expected to generate more than 1,500 jobs.
The new facility will store products ordered online and enable direct shipping to either customers or stores.
The latest development is in line with the retailer’s e-commerce business growth strategy and increases its existing fulfilment network of five.
Spread across 50 acres, the facility is the first Walmart fulfilment centre in Florida and a part of the company’s 2017-2018 investment plan of more than $450m in the state.
Walmart US e-commerce supply chain senior vice-president Nate Faust said: “This campus is just the latest example of Walmart’s commitment to offering customers fast shipping on items they need every day.”
Containing two buildings covering a total of more than 2.2 million square feet, the campus employs more than 550 newly recruited personnel. The company also plans to hire at least 1,000 additional workers over the next year.
Walmart currently has more than 107,000 employees across its Florida-based stores, clubs and distribution centres.
The facility opening comes in the wake of the retailer’s growth in e-commerce space, with a 63% increase in US e-commerce sales.
Earlier this year, the company launched free two-day shipping with no membership fees, as well as an extra discount for in-store order collections, with the aim of enhancing its online retail business.
Walmart acquired online marketplace Jet.com last year, while it added online shoe and apparel retailer ShoeBuy.com to its portfolio in earlier this year.
Image: An associate helping to fulfil an online order. Photo: courtesy of Walmart.