A massive US company is now opening a new fulfillment center in Texas as it prepares for holiday demand.
Walmart has announced that it has opened its third ‘next generation’ fulfillment center in Lancaster, Texas.
The 1.5 million-square-foot-facility near Dallas is one of five recently announced.
The retailer said the facilities will enable it to fulfill more orders, more quickly by using an automated, high-density storage and retrieval system that condenses the retailer’s 12-step fulfillment process down to five steps.
“These tech-powered jobs will drive the future of Walmart’s continued promise of speedy shipping and delivery for customers in the south-central U.S. just in time for the holidays,” Karisa Sprague, senior vice president of fulfillment network operations for Walmart U.S. said in the release.
“In June 2022, Walmart announced plans for multiple next-generation fulfillment centers,” reports SupplyChainDive.
“The retailer has already opened two centers located in Joliet, Illinois, and McCordsville, Indiana, in addition to the Texas facility.
Walmart plans to open two more in Stockton, California, and Greencastle, Pennsylvania.”
The ”next gen” facilities expand access to the retailer’s next- or two-day shipping by combining the service with Walmart’s fulfillment network.
The joint process is expected to help Walmart reach 95% of the U.S. population.
Walmart Fulfillment Services, Walmart’s end-to-end third-party fulfillment service, will also leverage the space to fulfill Marketplace items, according to RetailDive.
CFO John David Rainey said the company was pleased with the performance metrics from its newly automated distribution and fulfillment facilities, noting that the “centers are achieving efficiencies of 30% higher units per hour than non-automated buildings.”
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A bankrupt retailer now leaves people with their money stuck as forced liquidation complicates customer orders.
Furniture maker and retailer Mitchell Gold Co. converted from a Chapter 11 bankruptcy to a Chapter 7 liquidation which led thousands of shipments to customers ‘stuck in warehouses’.
Logistics providers held thousands of products as they awaited delivery payments from the bankrupt company.
That included Ryder, which said it had more than 2,000 Mitchell Gold products at its warehouses.
Now, Mitchell Gold Co. and Ryder Last Mile have come to a deal on how to handle undelivered products to customers who had already paid for their orders, according to an Oct. 20 court filing.
However, for customers with their money stuck in undelivered orders, it will mean putting extra money out.
The agreement between the companies allows for customers to pay for their own shipping so that Ryder will release and deliver their purchases in cases where the product has already been paid for.
“We wish to acknowledge the considerable frustration that the [Mitchell Gold Co.] shut-down may have caused you,” Ryder said in a letter it proposes to send out to customers.
“Applicable bankruptcy law prevents Ryder from delivering any furniture in our possession without the agreement of the Trustee, certain lenders, and the approval of the United States Bankruptcy Judge overseeing the Bankruptcy Cases.”
When the company, which owns the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams brand, filed for bankruptcy, it estimated $6.5 million worth of merchandise was being held at third-party facilities awaiting delivery and another $17 million stuck at its own facilities.
Many purchases were made months before the bankruptcy filing, which meant Mitchell Gold would pay Ryder for its shipping.
However, by then it was too late and the company became insolvent.
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