Walmart's online centres aim to fulfill orders faster, cheaper

The retailer is also utilizing stores to ship online orders directly to customers

Walmart's two new centres in Texas and Pennsylvania are dedicated to filling online orders, faster and at a lower cost, said the company.

In addition to these two online centres, the retailer will be able to ship online orders form stores and many of its 130 distribution centres. The retailer is focused on "Walmart’s anytime, anywhere experience" that allows customers to shop seamlessly across online, mobile and stores.

The 800,000-sq.-ft. Fort Worth, Texas centre started shipping orders last week, while the Bethlehem, Pa. operation at more than one million sq. ft. is set to open in the first quarter next year.

“With our dedicated online facilities and 4,100 stores within five miles of two-thirds of the U.S. population, we gain a significant advantage by being positioned in the most important location – close to our customers,” said Joel Anderson, president and CEO of in a report.   “This unique combination allows us to get more products to our customers faster and at a lower cost.”

It is estimated Walmart's sales from its e-commerce business will exceed $10 billion globally this fiscal year.

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