Walmart Canada has officially opened a new state-of-the-art 450,000-square-foot distribution center in Mississauga, Ontario.
The largest dedicated and purpose-built distribution center in the city features a flexible, scalable solution for logistics and fulfilment that is part of Walmart's strategy to continue growing its e-commerce business in Canada. The need is there, as Walmart Canada's flagship website walmart.ca is visited daily by over 750,000 customers.
"It's exciting that shopping on Walmart.ca continues growing in popularity with our customers,” said Alexis Lanternier, executive vice president e-commerce, Walmart Canada. “We've been modernizing and innovating to ensure products can get to our customers in the quickest and most efficient way possible, without compromising on our everyday low prices and the quality customers expect.”
To executive on its new strategic vision for its business Walmart Canada sought SCI's support to develop a customized supply chain solution to streamline its operations.
Key feature of the new DC:
- Maximizes storage through a four-level, 70,000 square foot pick platform for storing and picking smaller items and pallet racking for larger and higher volume items.
- Equipped with state-of-the-art intelligence software that provides real-time visibility to operations and is fully integrated with SCI's warehouse management system.
- Boasts automation that improves capacity and uses conveyors to transport materials to one of five zones on each level and complete pick totes to a put-wall area from both the platform and pallet racks.
"The retail business is constantly evolving and becoming more complex," said Guy Toksoy, vice president, operations, SCI. "SCI's commitment to continuous improvement and innovation helps our clients meet increasing e-commerce demands, and we were excited to partner with one of Canada's largest retailers to go beyond conventional logistic services and adapt an automated model to best suit Walmart Canada's needs."