The Home Depot (NYSE:HD) opened its third direct fulfillment center to support e-commerce. The retailer now owns 3.6 million sq. ft. of warehouse space dedicated to handling online sales and fulfillment.
The new location is in Troy Township, Ohio, and is the company's largest center thus far at 1.6 million sq. ft., DC Velocity reported. The other two locations stand at 1.1 million sq. ft. in Locust Grove, Georgia, and 900,000 sq. ft. in Perris, California.
The other two direct fulfillment spaces were opened last year, and the home improvement retailer has no plans to open another fulfillment space at this time.
The Home Depot can now deliver 90 percent of all online order within two days using ground shipping.
In July, The Home Depot was named internet retailer of the year based on performance in several metrics, including a 37 percent increase in sales. In the first quarter of 2015, the retailer reported a 30 percent increase in e-commerce sales, accounting for 5 percent of overall sales.
The Home Depot ships most of its orders from a fulfillment center to a home or business, with some orders shipping to stores for customer pickup. The retailer is also testing shipment of online orders from stores to allow delivery in a narrower time frame. The new concept is called "buy online, deliver from store."
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