Walmart has announced plans for a new fulfillment center in southern Pennsylvania, which will create 600 new jobs.

The 1.8 million-square-foot e-commerce fulfillment center, which will be located in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, will assist in the processing of online purchases, Walmart announced on Tuesday, March 8.

The Bentonville, Arkansas-based retailer plans to open the 2281 United Dr. location this spring.

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The center will be used to hold millions of items ordered through Walmart.com, which will be chosen, packed, and shipped directly to customers the next day.

Walmart clarified that e-commerce fulfillment centers are different from distribution facilities, which are responsible for receiving, storing, and transporting merchandise to Walmart stores.

Walmart employs about 60,000 people in Pennsylvania and maintains seven distribution hubs and 160 retail stores.

Steve Miller, senior vice president of supply chain operations at Walmart US said: “We are proud to open a new state-of-the-art fulfillment center in Shippensburg, which will be instrumental in providing our customers with increased access and faster shipping on millions of everyday low priced items,”

“In addition to faster shipping, our investment in Shippensburg will bring a positive impact to the community by bringing even more employment opportunities to a growing local economy.”

Walmart has declared four new e-commerce fulfillment centers in the last month, as well as three in less than a month.

In January, the company revealed plans to build a 1 million-square-foot e-commerce facility in Olive Branch in Mississippi.

That followed the announcement of a 1 million-square-foot fulfillment center for Salt Lake City and a 925,000-square-foot automated fulfillment center in Lebanon, Tennessee.

The Olive Branch center is due to launch this spring, with the Salt Lake City facility slated to go into operation in this summer and the Lebanon facility opening in the fall.

Walmart has stated that fulfillment centers have become a key component of their strategy to increase supply chain capacity and drive omnichannel expansion.

Through the fiscal 2022 fourth quarter ended Jan 31, Walmart U.S. e-commerce comparable sales climbed 70 percent on a two-year stack.

Source: SuperMarketNews

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