A huge new Walmart fulfillment center has officially opened in Franklin County.
The cavernous warehouse building includes 1.8 million square feet of space to build Walmart’s growing e-commerce business.
The opening comes as Walmart is trying to compete with e-commerce giant Amazon.
At the moment, Walmart+, its retail subscription service, lags far behind Amazon Prime.
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Walmart’s current 7 percent share of the online marketplace is approximately one-sixth of Amazon’s 39.5 percent.
Walmart notes the facility is a fulfillment center, not a distribution center.
The difference is that the distribution centers process the products that go into the stores, while the processing centers process the articles that are then shipped directly to the customers.
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The facility joins Walmart’s six other distribution centers and four fulfillment centers in Pennsylvania.
The center will create 600 full-time jobs, according to Walmart, and will serve the entire Northeast.
More Walmart jobs are expected in Franklin County, as the company also announced plans to build a new fulfillment center in Greencastle.
The facility would employ another 1,000 people and is scheduled to open in 2024.
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