Bentonville, Arkansas-based Walmart has released its plans to build a new fulfillment center in Salt Lake City, Utah to support the retailer’s growing e-commerce business.
The 1 million-plus square-foot facility is scheduled to open in the summer of 2022 and will create approximately 450 full-time, permanent jobs across the region. The purpose of the facility will be to fulfill online orders placed on Walmart.com.
“Walmart is excited to welcome our first fulfillment center in Salt Lake City to support our growing e-commerce fulfillment network,” said Steve Miller, SVP of supply chain operations at Walmart U.S. “This new facility is the latest example of Walmart’s commitment to offering customers fast shipping on items they need every day, and we look forward to further delivering on that promise with the development of this new, state-of-the-art facility.”
Walmart fulfillment centers are an important part of the retailer’s supply chain network. Unlike distribution centers, which are focused on receiving, storing and distributing product to Walmart stores, fulfillment centers are focused on storing millions of items that are picked, packed and shipped directly to customers as soon as next day.
The facility is part of a broader initiative to add more capacity into Walmart’s supply chain as the retailer prepares for growth. In Q3 of FY22, Walmart U.S. e-commerce sales grew 8 percent for the quarter and 87 percent over the past two years.
Walmart is currently hiring full-time positions for the fulfillment center, including the following leadership roles: General Manager; Environmental, Health and Safety Operations Manager; Maintenance Manager; and Human Resources Manager. Full-time positions qualify for Walmart’s total rewards and benefits plans, including medical, vision and dental insurance, 401(k) matching, paid time off, a quarterly incentive program and access to a free college degree.
Candidates can search open positions and complete applications online at careers.walmart.com.
Walmart operates three distribution centers, 59 retail stores and employs 20,000-plus associates in the state of Utah. In FYE 21, stores, clubs and the Walmart Foundation gave $19.4 million in cash and in-kind donations to local Utah organizations.