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Walmart focuses on high-tech distribution centers for perishable goods

Walmart focuses on high-tech distribution centers for perishable goods
Walmart focuses on high-tech distribution centers for perishable goods

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Walmart uses high-tech features in several of its perishable distribution centers, including automated pallet packing and handling capabilities.

Walmart announced improvements to its supply chain this week and provided details of its state-of-the-art perishable distribution centers. In a Article published on the company’s websiteDave Guggina, EVP of supply chain operations at Walmart US, said the improvements represented the retailer’s next steps in modernizing its supply chain.

According to Guggina, Walmart is about to open its second automated perishable distribution center in Lancaster, Texas, followed by locations in Wellford, South Carolina, Belvidere, Illinois, and Pilesgrove, New Jersey. The first such location will open in Shafter, California, in 2021.

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In addition to the high-tech facilities, Walmart is expanding its traditional perishable distribution centers, adding more than 500,000 square feet of automation space at locations in Mankato, Minnesota; Mebane, North Carolina; Garrett, Indiana; and Shelbyville, Tennessee.

Meanwhile, another perishable food distribution center in Winter Haven, Florida, is also undergoing a technology retrofit. “Our goal is to learn more about the feasibility and requirements of retrofitting an existing grocery store building with automation technology – similar to what we did with our perishable food distribution center in Brooksville, Florida,” Guggina wrote.