Walmart opens e-commerce facility

Walmart (NYSE:WMT) plans to open a 1.2 million sq. ft. e-commerce fulfillment facility in Plainfield, Indiana. The center, in the AllPoints Midwest Industrial Park, is expected to create around 300 jobs by 2016.

"By combining large-scale online fulfillment centers with Walmart's distribution centers, world-class transportation network and 4,200 stores, we have the ability to get incredibly close to our customers to deliver orders faster and at a lower cost," Brent Beabout, senior vice president of supply chain and logistics for Walmart's global e-commerce division, said in a statement.

The new center will have the capability to distribute goods to more than 160 million people in one to two days.

Meanwhile, the retailer plans to triple spending on food safety in China, where meat labeled as "Five Spice Donkey Meat" was found to be fox meat earlier this year.

Walmart is upping food safety spending to $48.2 million between 2013 and 2015, three times the $16 million it had previously committed to spending. The funding will go to additional food testing and supplier audits, Walmart's China Chief Compliance Officer Paul Gallemore said in a press briefing.

Walmart will also double its DNA testing on meat products in the country.

Walmart cannot afford another food safety scandal in China, since it plans to add 110 stores in the country by 2016. "We see this as our future home market," Gallemore said.

For more:
-See this Indianapolis Business Journal article
-See this Washington Post article

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