Walmart (NYSE:WMT) offered officials a sneak preview of its new e-commerce fulfillment center in Atlanta. The new facility is dedicated to filling online orders.
Located in Union City, just south of Atlanta, the warehouse spans 1.2 million square feet and is the third largest e-commerce fulfillment center in the United States. Once fully operational, the facility will offer 400 full-time jobs and help with fulfillment along with 4,500 Walmart stores around the country.
"We are excited about what this center provides for our Georgia customers and are grateful to Fulton County for welcoming us to do so," said Neal Maguire, general manager of the Atlanta fulfillment center. "This center will not only provide jobs and economic development for the community, but it will allow us to fulfill the needs of our customers in a more convenient and efficient fashion."
The new facility is meant to help create faster and more efficient delivery of e-commerce orders to customers. In the first quarter, Walmart announced that digital sales were up 17 percent.
"We're rapidly enhancing our fulfillment capabilities to give customers more choices and fast shipping, while keeping our costs down so we can continue to lower our prices," said Neil Ashe, chief executive officer of Walmart Global e-commerce. "Whether shipping to home or picking up at a store, our digital and physical fulfillment assets come together and let customers choose the most convenient way to receive their online orders."
The news of Walmart's expanding e-commerce support comes just days after it announced it would expand its grocery delivery service to eight new markets. The service debuted in Canada earlier this summer.
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