Walmart Canada is making a major investment in its supply chain, announcing a $100 million fulfillment center near Montreal.
First covered by Store Brands’ sister publication Progressive Grocer, the high-tech facility is the first of its kind for Walmart in the province of Quebec, and is part of its larger $1 billion infrastructure investment program this year. Earlier this year, Walmart Canada opened its new fulfillment center outside of Vancouver, British Columbia.
“This important investment is the latest example of Walmart’s commitment to Quebec,” said Cyrille Ballereau, Walmart Canada Regional VP for Quebec. “We are investing for growth in Quebec and creating jobs for Quebecers to better serve our customers. Quebecers will see refreshed stores, quicker service and more options available in-store and online. When Quebecers choose Walmart, they are choosing to support a retailer that supports Quebecers.”
Set to open in 2024, the fulfillment center will offer better product availability and quicker service for customers both online and in-store, and will serve as a delivery hub for customers in Quebec and Atlantic Canada. The facility will allow for the shipping of 20 million items annually, including the retailer’s private brands, as well as storing of 500,000 items to fulfill direct-to-home and in-store pickup orders.
The overall $1 billion investment also includes plans to update and remodel a record number of stores, with store changes including modernizing and upgrading physical spaces with a focus on improving the customer experience both in-store and online.
“We know these are challenging times for our customers. That’s why we are proud to be making significant investments in Canada to deliver the very best shopping experience,” said JP Suarez, EVP, Chief Administration Officer and Regional CEO for Walmart International. “We are building a better Walmart Canada to help more Canadians save money and live better. As the cost of living rises, Canadians can trust Walmart to be that convenient, one-stop shop for everyday low prices.”
Walmart Canada operates more than 400 stores nationwide serving 1.5 million customers each day.