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Walmart Canada investing $118M to build new fulfillment centre in Calgary

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Walmart Canada is investing more than $118 million to build a new high-tech sortable fulfillment centre in Rocky View County, Alta. located just outside of Calgary.

The investment is part of the retailer’s plan to expand, revolutionize and transform its supply chain network while increasing its e-commerce capabilities.

This development is part of Walmart Canada’s $3.5 billion investment to make the online and in-store shopping experience simpler, faster and more convenient as the retailer plans to invest for continued growth in Alberta and across Canada.

The sortable fulfillment centre, to be located at 10 Lowes Rd., will be approximately 430,000 square feet in size, serving as a delivery hub for millions of customer orders in Western Canada. It is slated to open in September 2022.

The facility will be powered by cutting-edge logistics technology to achieve productivity with less physical effort. For the first time at Walmart Canada, innovative robotic technology from GreyOrange will be used at the fulfillment centre.

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Facts about the new Alberta fulfillment centre:

  • Capable of shipping 20 million items annually from the facility to Walmart customers.
  • Capable of storing 500,000 items to fulfil direct-to-home and in-store pickup orders.
  • Designed to optimize packaging, minimize waste and reduce transportation costs.
  • Creates more than 325 new jobs at Walmart, plus construction and engineering jobs.

 

Facts about Walmart in Alberta:

  • Walmart Canada has been serving Albertans since 1994.
  • Walmart has 61 stores and four distribution centres in Alberta, employing more than 16,000 associates
  • In 2021, the retailer invested more than $50 million in store upgrades in Alberta.
  • Walmart recently purchased approximately $200 million worth of products from Alberta-based suppliers over 12 months.
  • In 2021, Walmart added more than 100 new Canadian suppliers, which includes a 9 per cent increase in Alberta-based suppliers.

“We are tremendously proud to be investing in a new fulfillment centre in the Calgary area that will create jobs, boost the economy and deliver quicker service for our customers,” said Horacio Barbeito, president and CEO, Walmart Canada. “This modern facility will provide our associates with the latest logistics technology to improve our supply chain. That means more products available, more orders fulfilled and more Canadians offered two-day shipping. This is how we’re transforming our operations to meet the needs of Albertans and all Canadians.”

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