Walmart Canada is investing more than $118 million to build a high-tech fulfilment centre in Alberta.
Located in Rocky View County, just outside of Calgary, the 430,000-square-foot warehouse will serve as a delivery hub for orders in Western Canada. The retail giant says this will expand two-day shipping to 61% of Canadians.
Slated to open in September, Walmart says the new centre will be equipped with cutting edge technology that will allow for a “quicker, easier and more efficient” fulfilment process, and better product availability and quicker service both in-store and online.
Additionally, the Alberta fulfilment centre will create more than 325 new jobs at Walmart, plus construction and engineering jobs. It's part of Walmart Canada’s $3.5-billion strategy to improve its in-store and online shopping experiences.
"We are tremendously proud to be investing in a new fulfilment centre in the Calgary area that will create jobs, boost the economy and deliver quicker service for our customers," said Walmart Canada president and CEO Horacio Barbeito, in a release.
"This modern facility will provide our associates with the latest logistics technology to improve our supply chain," he said. "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."
Walmart also recently cut the ribbon on a “state-of-the-art” warehouse order fulfillment system in Cornwall, Ont. This is in addition to two distribution centres currently under construction in Surrey, B.C. (expected to open in 2022) and Vaughan, Ont. (expected to open in 2024).