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Walmart Canada opens new distribution centre in Surrey, B.C.

ribboncutting_v2_id_68d9cc79c6bf-5854665MP Kerry-Lynne Findlay, South Surrey, Minister Bruce Ralston, John Bayliss, EVP, Transformation Officer, Walmart Canada, Mayor of Surrey Doug McCallum, MLA Garry Begg, Jason Evans, VP, International Realty & Supply Chain, Walmart. (CNW Group/Walmart Canada Corp.)

Walmart Canada’s most advanced grocery distribution centre with new technology features and a focus on sustainability has officially opened its doors in Surrey, B.C.

The 300,000 square foot, $175 million facility 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.

The Surrey Grocery Distribution Centre will employ more than 250 associates once fully operational and will provide ambient (pantry items), fresh and frozen grocery goods to 45 Walmart stores in B.C. Distribution through the facility will reduce the company’s long-haul trips from Alberta.

This modern facility was built vertically, using about half of the landmass that would be required for a traditional equivalent facility, and directly reducing its overall carbon footprint. This is made possible by including cutting-edge technology from WITRON. Incorporating this technology makes it possible to complete as many as 150,000 order picks per day, improving the efficiency and speed of distribution while requiring less physical effort from associates.

surreydcinsidephoto_id_8ade8ee2c31a_copy-8884593Walmart Canada’s most advanced grocery distribution centre, a state-of-the-art facility with leading-edge technology features and a focus on sustainability, has officially opened its doors in Surrey, British Columbia. (CNW Group/Walmart Canada Corp.)

Key Sustainability Features:

  • LED lighting and intelligent controls which can reduce energy consumption by 70 per cent
  • Efficient refrigeration systems using environmentally preferable CFC free carbon dioxide (CO2)
  • HVAC system designed to reclaim heat rejected from the refrigeration system and leverage it in radiant underfloor heating
  • On track to becoming a zero-waste facility
  • Special fans to maintain temperature throughout the facility
  • Natural filtration systems for water to protect the local waterways and fish hatchery in the vicinity
  • Recycled content in building materials, including recycled glass countertops in the lunchroom
  • 18,000 new plants have been included on-site

Facts about the new British Columbia Grocery Distribution Centre

  • Capable of processing 150,000 order picks per day that will be delivered to 45 Walmart stores across British Columbia.
  • A future hub for Walmart’s electric fleet, including semi-trucks and a fully-electric yard truck fleet.
  • Will employ more than 250 people once fully operational and created more than 300 construction and engineering jobs during the building phase.
  • Built vertically, optimizing the land use with racking up to 66 feet.
  • Large windows throughout the facility promote natural light in the perimeter.
  • Outdoor park and picnic area provide an opportunity for associates and community members to enjoy nature directly outside of the facility.

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