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Walmart enhances e-commerce shipping with latest fulfillment center


Walmart offered a sneak peek of its new fulfillment center in the Atlanta area on Thursday on the heels of announcing that it would bring grocery pickup to the region this month.

Walmart says the new facility is dedicated to filling online orders and is the latest addition to the next-generation fulfillment network Walmart is building to support its rapidly growing e-commerce business.

“We’re rapidly enhancing our fulfillment capabilities to give customers more choices and fast shipping, while keeping our costs down so we can continue to lower our prices,” said Neil Ashe, CEO Walmart Global e-commerce. “Whether shipping to home or picking up at a store, our digital and physical fulfillment assets come together and let customers choose the most convenient way to receive their online orders.”

The 1.2 million-sq.-ft. facility in Union City, just south of Atlanta, is the third large-scale e-commerce fulfillment center to open in the U.S. in as many months, and features state-of-the-art automation and warehousing systems. The new large scale centers, including the Atlanta facility, will join existing, smaller e-commerce fulfillment centers, store distribution centers, 4,500 Walmart stores and the company’s transportation fleet to ship online orders fast and efficiently to customers around the country.

The sneak preview event included presentations of $350,000 in grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation to four local community groups. The Americas Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia, Senior Citizens Services of Metropolitan Atlanta, CSRA Business League and Feeding the Valley each received contributions to assist with their goals of helping those in need.
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