Walmart Adding High-Tech Fulfillment Centers

JOLIET, Ill. (Business Wire) — Walmart has announced plans to build four new high-tech fulfillment centers around the country.

The fulfillment centers will implement state-of-the-art automation technology that provides customers and Walmart+ members with access to next- or two-day shipping on more items than ever before, setting an entirely new precedent for Walmart on the speed of fulfillment while continuing to create a positive work environment for associates.

“Our new next generation fulfillment center is a first-of-its-kind for Walmart that will transform the way we ship online orders to customers,” said David Guggina, senior vice president, automation, and innovation at Walmart. “Through our automated storage system and patent-pending five step process, we’ll not only provide increased comfort for associates but also double the storage capacity and double the number of customer orders we’re able to fulfill in a day.”

The centers will be located in:

  • Joliet, Ill., 45 miles southeast of Chicago. The new 1.1 million square-foot facility is set to open summer 2022, bringing more than 1,000 new jobs to the Joliet region.
  • McCordsville, Ind., 20 miles northeast of Indianapolis. The new 2.2 million square-foot facility is set to open spring 2023, bringing more than 1,000 new jobs to Hancock County.
  • Greencastle, Pa. The new 1.5 million square-foot facility is set to open in 2024, bringing more than 1,000 new jobs to the south-central Pennsylvania region.
  • Lancaster, Texas. The new site is set to open in the fall of 2023.

Karisa Sprague, Walmart’s senior vice president, supply chain e-commerce fulfillment, said the company is “thrilled” to be opening the high-tech fulfillment centers. “We continue to modernize our supply chain network and prepare for growth in our digital business, and this new facility will play an integral role in helping us serve even more customers … with access to fast shipping on millions of items.”