The Home Depot has opened a massive distribution center in Dallas to fulfill online orders and store orders.
The 1.5 million-sq.-ft. center is designed to meet customers' delivery needs through multiple channels, whether delivering items directly to customers' homes or for pickup at local stores. The site also manages customer delivery and installation of large appliances such as washers, dryers and refrigerators ordered in stores or online.
The new facility features a zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell charging station — a sustainable and more efficient way to power material handling equipment, the home improvement giant said. It also includes more than six miles of mechanized lines and other automation technologies that enable increased product flow.
The Dallas-Fort Worth market is a key hub for Home Depot's delivery and supply chain strategy. Early last year, the company opened another delivery center at the new Dallas campus that delivers building materials and other bulky products directly to customers when and where they need it, all within the same day or the next day of ordering.
The Dallas facility is part of the retailer’s previously announced $1.2 billion investment to expand its national distribution and delivery network. Ultimately, the Home Depot’s supply chain footprint in the Dallas-Fort Worth area will grow from 2.1 million square feet to 4.5 million square feet and will create approximately 1,500 new jobs by the end of 2021. The Home Depot currently operates 20 distribution centers in Texas.
"We're focused on creating an easier and more convenient shopping experience for our customers' home improvement needs, whether they shop in stores or online," said Stephanie Smith, senior VP of supply chain for The Home Depot. "Our supply chain is the foundation for delivering on our pro and DIY customers' changing expectations, which is why we're investing to offer same day and next day delivery to 90% of the U.S. population."