This week has been especially big for the grocery business. Hy-Vee opened its biggest store in Nebraska, and Walmart just cut the ribbon to the retailer’s largest fulfillment center about 20 miles outside of Indianapolis.
Deemed a “next-generation facility” by Walmart, the 2.2 million-square-foot facility is located in McCordsville, Ind., and is designed to increase capacity for Walmart’s next- or two-day shipping.
A total of four new next-generation fulfillment centers, including the one in Indiana, will enable the discount retailer to reach 95% of the U.S. population, according to the company. The McCordsville location, which will put 1,000 associates to work, is the second of the four new facilities to open.
“The McCordsville grand opening marks a…milestone in our supply chain modernization journey,” said Karisa Sprague, senior vice president, Fulfillment Network Operations for Walmart U.S. “With more customers shopping online, we’re leverage…technology to increase speed of delivery all while creating tech-empowered career opportunities for our associates.”
Walmart also announced this week it would be building a new case-ready beef facility in Kansas. Set to break ground later this year in Olathe, Kan., the plant will employ 600 workers.
Once the facility opens in Kansas, it will package and distribute a selection of angus cuts from Sustainable Beef LLC in North Platte, Neb., to serve its stores across the Midwest.