Wal-Mart opens 6th net­work ware­house

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BUSINESS & FARM -

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. opened an e-com­merce ware­house in Daven­port, Fla., on Tues­day.

The fa­cil­ity, which is ded­i­cated to ful­fill­ing or­ders for Wal-Mart’s e-com­merce busi­ness, is sit­u­ated on 50 acres and fea­tures two build­ings that span about 2.2 mil­lion square feet. More than 550 work­ers are em­ployed there and Wal-Mart said it plans to hire “at least 1,000 more” over the next year.

The e-com­merce cam­pus is the sixth in Wal-Mart’s net­work, the first in Florida and part of a $450 mil­lion in­vest­ment in the state in 2017-18, ac­cord­ing to the Ben­tonville re­tailer.

Wal-Mart is con­tin­u­ing ef­forts to grow its on­line busi­ness, rapidly ex­pand­ing its as­sort­ment and in­tro­duc­ing ini­tia­tives such as two-day free shipping on or­ders over $35. The com­pany also is of­fer­ing cus­tomers dis­counts on cer­tain prod­ucts that are pur­chased on­line and col­lected at one of Wal-Mart’s 4,500 stores.

Wal-Mart re­ported a 63 per­cent in­crease in e-com­merce sales dur­ing the first quar­ter of the fis­cal year and the com­pany said most of the growth came from or­ders at Wal­mart.com.

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