Walmart Canada building in Calgary

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

Walmart Canada is building a new fulfillment centre in Rocky View County, Alberta, outside of Calgary.

The fulfillment centre, to be located at 10 Lowes Rd., will be approximately 430,000 square feet in size, and will be a delivery hub for Western Canada. It is slated to open in September 2022.

The $118-million facility will be the first at Walmart Canada to use robotic technology from GreyOrange. It will have capacity to store 500,000 items to fulfill direct to home and in-store pickup orders.

It is part of Walmart Canada’s $3.5 billion spending planned on supply chain and retail improvements.

“We are tremendously proud to be investing in a new fulfillment centre in the Calgary area that will create jobs, boost the economy and deliver quicker service for our customers,” said Horacio Barbeito, president and CEO, Walmart Canada.

Expanding two-day shipping

Barbeito said the new technology will allow the company to offer more products and offer two-day shipping to more of its customers.

The new DC will be able to ship 20 million items annually, and will create more than 325 new jobs at Walmart, plus construction and engineering jobs in its development.

Walmart hasĀ  61 stores and four distribution centres in Alberta, employing more than 16,000.

“The retail business is evolving and Walmart Canada is responding with investments in Alberta and across Canada to bolster our supply chain network,” said John Bayliss, executive vice-president, transformation officer, Walmart Canada.

“Walmart Canada is on a transformation journey and this investment ensures we can deliver for our customers in Western Canada, now and in the future.”