The 10 Retailers With the Most E-Commerce Distribution Centers

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The 10 Retailers With the Most E-Commerce Distribution Centers

By Tim Denman - 08/30/2016
Digital retailing is tough. Not only do retailers need to find innovative ways to drive traffic to their sites and induce a sale, they need to be able to fulfill any and all orders at breakneck speed. Customers are making purchase decisions based on delivery times and the more DCs a retailer has the better its chances of meeting shopper expectations.

In its Top 500 Guide Internet Retailer ranks the top e-commerce retailers across numerous metrics including number of fulfillment centers. The entire report is available here, and a quick look at the 10 retailers with the most DCs is below.

Amazon. No surprise here that Amazon tops the list, nearly tripling second place finisher IKEA. Amazon has fulfillment centers in 19 states, to help process the 350 million SKUs the online giant carries. Number of e-Commerce Distribution Centers: 109.

IKEA. While the furniture retailer is known for its sprawling, warehouse-like showrooms, over $134 million of its revenue comes from web-based sales. In fact, IKEA's web sales increased 25% in 2015, with eight million monthly visitors.   Number of e-Commerce Distribution Centers: 39.

O'Reilly Auto Parts. O'Reilly is growing not only its physical footprint as it looks to enter the lucrative northeast market, but its only presence as well. The auto parts retailer's web sales increase 14% last year and not account for over $176 million in revenue.  Number of e-Commerce Distribution Centers: 23.

W.W. Grainger. The hardware and home improvement retailer stocks over 1.4 million SKUs. It has over 9 million visitors browse its site each month — a huge jump from the 4.5 million that visited each month in 2014. Number of e-Commerce Distribution Centers: 18.

Safeway Inc. While digital grocery sales are still in their infantcy many of the nation's top supermarket chain have made significant investment in the space. Safeway's web sales have been relatively flat year-over-year, but it still accounts for nearly $230 million in revenue. Number of e-Commerce Distribution Centers: 17.

Bed Bath & Beyond. The New Jersey-based home goods retailer continues to scale up its digital shopping efforts, with web sales increasing 25% year-over-year. The retailer is investing heavily in the mobile experience to capture busy on-the-go shoppers. Number of e-Commerce Distribution Centers: 17.

Sears Hometown/Outlets. The retailer operates two brands, Sears Hometown and Hardware storea nad the Sears Outlet Stores, with revenues north of $325 million. It sells home appliances, lawn and garden equipment, tool and hardware, and has fulfillment centers located in 10 states. Number of e-Commerce Distribution Centers: 16.

Estee Lauder. The cosmetics and fragrance manufacturer and retailer have over 8.6 million monthly visitors, and sports a 4% conversion rate. Its web sales have been growing by leaps and bounds, increasing to over $860 million in 2015, an increase of nearly 28% from 2014's total. Number of e-Commerce Distribution Centers: 14.

GameStop Corp. With the vast majority of its shoppers 34 years old and younger the video game retailer has a massive digital presence. Web sales topped the $1 billion mark in 2015, representing a 25% bump over 2014 totals. Number of e-Commerce Distribution Centers: 13.

Systemax. The industrial supplies, computers and electronics supplies retailer has web sales north of $1.4 billion, and hosts 3.7 million unique visitors per month. It sells over 450,000 SKUs and an average ticket value of $440. Number of e-Commerce Distribution Centers: 13.