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Walmart Canada opens first distribution centre in Atlantic Canada

Walmart Canada has opened its first distribution centre (DC) in Atlantic Canada in Moncton, New Brunswick. The perishable DC represents over $50M of investment in the local community, has created more than 200 jobs, including 130 in the distribution centre and the new facility can process more than two million cases of products each month.

“Today is an incredible day for Walmart, Moncton and New Brunswick as we officially open our first distribution centre in Atlantic Canada,” said Gonzalo Gebara, president and CEO of Walmart Canada. “We’re strengthening our best-in-class supply chain network with distribution centres from coast-to-coast to ensure product gets into the hands of our customers even faster. We take great pride seeing our associates, customers and communities benefit from these investments in the form of jobs, better product availability and economic impact.”

The Moncton Distribution Centre is part of Walmart Canada’s $3.5 billion investment to generate significant growth and speed up the flow of products through the company’s supply chain across Canada.

Walmart Canada works with close to 2,000 Canadian suppliers, and buys over $250 million worth of products including more than 20 located in New Brunswick, a number the retailer hopes to continue to grow.

Along with its opening, the retailer also presented $12,000 to Harvest House Atlantic, a local non-profit organization whose mission is to end homelessness, caring for people needing meals and housing as well as support to help them move forward with education and job placements. The Moncton DC is also paired with Food Depot Alimentaire (FDA), which serves food banks, community kitchens, school programs and other agencies across New Brunswick.

Gonzalo Gebara, president and CEO, Walmart Canada visits the new Monction DC

The new distribution centre features:

  • Energy Star white reflective roof
  • Energy-efficient LED lighting with integrated motion sensors and intelligent controls
  • Refrigeration system using CO/2 a natural refrigerant
  • Waste heat generated from the refrigeration system is reclaimed and used to supply underfloor heating systems
  • Efficient and longer-lasting lithium-ion electric material handling equipment

“Our associates have been waiting for this day to unveil our new Moncton Distribution Centre to the community,” said Kevon Celestine, general manager, Moncton Distribution Centre. “Our supply chain investments continue to create economic opportunities and jobs, including more than 130 within our Moncton Distribution Centre. I began my career at Walmart in 2009 as an hourly associate and I’m proud to be an example of the career growth Walmart provides.”

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