Walmart Canada building fulfilment centre in Alberta
By Adam FreillCommercial Construction
New delivery hub for Western Canada will be capable of shipping 20 million units annually.
Walmart Canada is building a $118 million high-tech sortable fulfilment centre just outside of Calgary, in Rocky View County, Alberta. The 430,000 square-foot facility will serve as a delivery hub for millions of customer orders in Western Canada and is slated to open in September 2022.
The modern facility, which is being developed by Highfield Investment Group and built by Leeswood Construction, will be powered by cutting-edge logistics technology designed to achieve productivity with less physical effort, and will include the company’s first use of innovative robotic technology from GreyOrange.
Once in operation, the centre with have the capacity to ship up to 20 million items annually to Walmart customers and be capable of storing 500,000 items to fulfil direct to home and in-store pickup orders.
In addition to the construction and engineering jobs created, the centre will provide more than 325 new jobs in the area.
“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 Horacio Barbeito, president and CEO of Walmart Canada. “This modern facility will provide our associates with the latest logistics technology to improve our supply chain. 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 Canada operates more than 400 stores nationwide, serving 1.5 million customers each day in-store. Its online store is visited by more than 1.5 million customers daily. The fulfilment centre is part of a $3.5 billion spending pledge aimed at making the company’s online and in-store shopping experience simpler, faster and more convenient for its customers.