Vanderlande is set to be highly involved in Walmart Canada’s $3.5 billion investment plans over the next five years, which are aimed at generating significant growth and improving the online shopping experience for its customers. The investment will lead to faster e-commerce processes and see the construction of two new distribution centers (DCs) to speed up the flow of products.
Walmart Canada operates a chain of more than 400 stores nationwide serving more than 1.2 million customers each day. As part of its plans, the company will renovate more than 150 stores over the next three years, use digitization to create ‘smarter stores’, and improve its fulfilment center operations to increase speed and trackability.
The company is looking to significantly increase capacity in its DC network by using cutting-edge technologies. As such, it will invest $1.1 billion to build two new DCs – in Vaughan, Ontario and Surrey, British Columbia – and renovate an existing facility in Cornwall, Ontario. Vanderlande will be involved at the Vaughan site, where it will furnish a 550,000 ft2 DC with next-generation automation technology. The facility is scheduled to open in 2024.
“We’re excited to partner with Walmart to develop a state-of-the-art DC,” says Sean Wallingford – Vanderlande President, Warehousing & Parcel North America. “At the Vaughan facility, we will be implementing our flexible STOREPICK solution that utilizes our unique ADAPTO shuttles to support Walmart’s long-term growth strategy.”