Walmart is lining up its chess pieces as grocery competition tightens. Next in the line of defenses is an all-new distribution center (DC) in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, which will be used for fresh and frozen groceries. The $450 million DC’s doors will open in 2024, creating over 400 full-time jobs in the region.
“Walmart’s high-tech grocery distribution center will include game-changing innovations that are radically disrupting the supply chain, getting products onto shelves for our customers even faster, while saving time for our associates,” said David Guggina, Senior Vice President, Automation and Innovation. “We’re proud to be opening Walmart’s largest automated grocery distribution center in Spartanburg County and look forward to bringing new STEM job opportunities to the region.”
This new 720,000 square-foot high-tech facility will be Walmart’s largest grocery distribution center to date, set to move two times more product than a traditional grocery DC, according to a press release. Through the use of automation technology, robotics, and machine learning to process groceries, the center will also be a new source of technology-focused job opportunities in the region.
Walmart’s high-tech DC is part of a larger investment from the retailer which was announced earlier and stated the company’s intent to double down on the use of automation technology in its supply chain. The big box chain rolled out its first automated grocery distribution center in 2018 and has since continued to introduce innovative new supply chain solutions that reduce handling cost and improve service to stores and consumers. This includes investments in drones and autonomous vehicles to support last mile deliveries.
“We’re thrilled to bring our high-tech grocery distribution center to the thriving logistics hub of Spartanburg County,” added Tim Cooper, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Operations. “The new distribution center will be critical to ensuring our stores are stocked with the freshest grocery items to provide convenience and quality at everyday low prices to customers and communities in the state of South Carolina.”
Currently, Walmart operates four distribution centers, 122 retail stores, and employs 34,136 associates in South Carolina.
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