Walmart opens first Marketplace fulfillment center in Arkansas as retailer doubles store fulfillment


BENTONVILLE, Ark.— Walmart opened its first high-tech fulfillment center in Arkansas on Monday at Store 100, located at 406 S Walton Blvd. in Bentonville, underscoring the retailer’s strategic move to expand the use of its stores as fulfillment centers to improve shopping. Experience for customers everywhere.

The Market fulfillment center (MFC) is built into the store and powered by a proprietary storage and retrieval system – Named Alphabot. Walmart hopes to transform fulfillment by digitizing and connecting its store and supply chain assets end-to-end. Along with that, customer satisfaction and affiliate opportunity.

„This new order fulfillment system is truly a game changer for our business now and in the future,” said Ryan Simpson, store manager at Store 100.

Customers can expect to see the benefits of MFC immediately.

Marketplace fulfillment centers can significantly increase the number of orders a store can fulfill in a day, promising faster fulfillment with fewer replacements. Walmart+ members can expect even more with free unlimited delivery. Enhances the in-store shopping experience by freeing up associates to help customers shop in-store.

Partners will also see benefits from the new MFC, in addition to an improved customer and member experience.

Associates can expect more time to focus on what’s important, including serving clients and supporting each other. In addition, working with the Alphabot organization offers new leadership jobs in stores, such as the newly created MFC Lead, and opportunities to learn and teach new technology-forward skills.

„I love MFC. The dedicated space allows us to focus on selecting products for our online customers,” said Gilbert Giron, MFC digital team lead at Walmart. „I feel confident that the products our associates are looking for are there when the customer wants them. It makes me feel good because I know our team is providing great service to our customers.

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At the base of the new MFC Walmart’s strategic use of technology to transform its stores, making the shopping experience better for customers. It also opens doors to newly created ladders of opportunity that make Walmart a place where good jobs turn into great careers.

„Every day, we’re innovating toward an even better shopping experience on every platform,” said Pratibha Rajasekar, Walmart’s senior vice president of innovation and automation. „We use technology to help our customers and associates live better lives. to save Time. It leads to improved experiences for everyone no matter how they shop – and moves our entire business forward in the process.

A local business at its core, Walmart supports its community in more ways than one.

The leadership team at Store 100 celebrated MFC’s launch with a $15,000 donation distributed to Bentonville High School, Bentonville West High School and the Bentonville Schools Ignite Professional Studies Program. Their belief? Advances in technological and educational development.

The market fulfillment center in Bentonville, Arkansas is the first in the state. This is the second nationwide, store #2142 in Salem, New Hampshire, proof of concept. Walmart plans to continue opening MFCs in select stores in the coming years.

About Walmart

Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) is a people-led, technology-powered omnichannel retailer that helps people save money and live better anytime, anywhere – in stores, online and through their mobile devices. Every week, around 240 million customers and members visit more than 10,500 stores in 20 countries and numerous e-commerce websites. With fiscal 2023 revenue of $611 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.1 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment. More information about Walmart can be found on Facebook by visiting corporate.walmart.com facebook.com/walmarton Twitter twitter.com/walmartAnd on LinkedIn linkedin.com/company/walmart.

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About Walmart

Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) is a people-led, technology-driven, omnichannel retailer that helps people save money and live better anytime, anywhere—in stores, online and through their mobile devices. Every week, approximately 240 million customers and partners visit more than 10,500 stores and numerous e-commerce sites in 20 countries. With revenue of $611 billion in fiscal 2023, Walmart employs approximately 2.1 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunities. For more information about Walmart you can visit https://corporate.walmart.comon Facebook https://facebook.com/walmartA twitter https://twitter.com/walmartAnd on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/walmart/.

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