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Walmart's Sam's Club Banner Opens New Facility in Memphis, TN

Walmart's Sam's Club Banner Opens New Facility in Memphis, TN

Friday, June 15th, 2018

Walmart has opened a new Sam’s Club e-commerce fulfillment center (FC) this week, giving the retailer new legs in its strategies to bolster its club banner and e-commerce businesses. The new facility, the first in a series of planned conversions of former club locations that will take place across the country, has officially opened its doors in Memphis, Tennessee.

Mohan Akella, Vice President of Online Supply Chain, Sam's Club“We moved fast to bring this FC online, and I’m proud of the team that made this happen,” shared Mohan Akella, Vice President of Online Supply Chain for the banner. “This FC is going to make sure our members get their orders even faster, and we’re excited about what this means for our business.”

Sam's Club storefront

Highlights of the new facility are as follows:

  • 135,000-square-feet
  • Fifty full-time associates
  • First package shipped by the team was to John Furner, Sam’s Club President and CEO, and contained a 100-count box of coffee pods
  • Located five miles from a major regional shipping hub, shortening delivery times
  • The conversion took less than four months, with the first package shipping in 46 days
  • Earlier this year the company announced free shipping on most items for Plus members
  • In the Q1 2018, Sam’s Club saw online sales increase about 25 percent and a 5.2 percent comp sales increase, excluding fuel and tobacco
  • Other regions being considered for fulfillment centers include Texas, Central Florida, the Mid-Atlantic, Southern California, Chicagoland, and the Northeast

“We’re excited Memphis was chosen to be the home of the company’s first FC,” Charles Dodge, General Manager of the Memphis FC, said in a press release. “We appreciate the support of the community as we’ve converted the club and look forward to continuing the great partnership we have for years to come.”

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