The DC of the future will use WITRON technology to process grocery perishables. Rather than manually stacking boxes and building pallets, the new DC will allow associates to use the new technology to do the (literal) heavy lifting, according to Walmart.
“Every product is measured and documented so that we know how to handle it,” explained Shayne Wahlmeier, one of the engineers on the project. “A computer algorithm shows all the cases ordered for a given store and determines how to palletize them to maximize the space on a pallet or trailer. It also takes into account density – what’s crushable, what’s not.”
Walmart also said, that because the tech allows for more products to fit onto a truck, which will reduce transportation costs, savings “can be passed on to customers.”
Additionally, fewer damaged products should mean a reduction in food waste.