Walmart announced that they have planned to build a 72,000 square feet distribution facility in Spartanburg County. Walmart will invest $450 million on this project and it will create more than 400 supply chain jobs. Many growth opportunities will come towards the residents of Spartanburg County. The new high-tech distribution center is all set to open in 2024. Employment information will be shared closer to the facility’s opening date.
A Dynamic Mix of Technology & Workers
The company said that this new facility’s workforce will be a combination of Walmart associates, automation technology, robotics and machine learning. The versatile mix of resources will process perishable grocery such as eggs, dairy, frozen goods and will deliver them to nearby stores. It will be the biggest distribution center of Walmart till date. It will deliver two times more products than the traditional Walmart distribution centers across US.
Walmart is Adopting Technology
“Walmart’s high-tech grocery distribution center will include game-changing innovations that are radically disrupting the supply chain, getting products onto shelves for our customers even faster, while saving time for our associates. We’re proud to be opening Walmart’s largest automated grocery distribution center in Spartanburg County and look forward to bringing new STEM job opportunities to the region,” said Walmart U.S., Senior Vice President, Automation and Innovation, David Guggina.
The retail giant’s high-tech distribution center is part of their automation technology initiative in the supply chain. Their first automated distribution center was opened in 2018 and it has helped them in reducing cost and improving efficiency.
The Hiring Plan
The high-tech distribution center is expected to create more than 400 jobs related to supply change. This initiative will boost the economic growth of South Carolina and will create even more opportunities. Currently, Walmart is operating 4 distribution centers, 122 retails stores and 34136 resources are employed in South Carolina district.
The concept of automated stores is on the rise and it may result is reduction of redundant jobs. However, the future jobs will require advanced skill sets and now is the time to learn future skills.
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