This week, Walmart officials teamed up with Florida Governor Rick Scott and other community leaders for the grand opening of Walmart’s latest e-commerce fulfillment center. The facility, which will create more than 1,500 jobs for Polk County, is located in Davenport. Now that the facility has been opened, it will be used to house millions of items that will eventually be used to fulfill online orders. In return, this will enable Walmart to get the customer’s items to their door much quicker than before. Simultaneously, the items can be used for free in-store pickup.
Walmart has worked diligently to step up its e-commerce efforts, while hoping to thwart its biggest online rival, Amazon. The new fulfillment center is yet another addition to Walmart’s next-generation fulfillment network. The 50-acre campus is located near the intersection of Highway 27 and I-4 in Polk County. The property includes two buildings, which span over 2.2 million square feet.
At this point in time, the facility employs 550 recently hired associates. Walmart plans to hire an additional 1,000 over the next year. Walmart currently employs more than 107,000 individuals in the state of Florida. The new facility will join Walmart’s vast network of distribution centers, e-commerce facilities, Walmart stores, and its world-class transportation fleet. The network enables Walmart to ship items quickly and efficiently, while simultaneously giving customers more delivery options.
The grand opening of the fulfillment center comes at a time when Walmart has substantially grown its e-commerce business. During the first quarter of this year, Walmart experienced a 63 percent growth in United States e-commerce sales. The majority was attributed to organic growth for the company’s official website. Over the course of 2017, Walmart has implemented several changes to lure in new customers. For instance, they unveiled a new free 2-day shipping option with no membership fees.
Customers are now able to acquire an extra discount by agreeing to pick up their orders in store. Walmart also recently acquired Jet.com to reach more millennials. The new 2.2 million square foot facility is roughly the size of 20 football fields. It also contains 33 miles of shelving. The facility’s dock doors are designed to withstand maximum wind speeds of 120 miles per hour. Additional details can be found here.