Yesterday, we reported on Walmart’s decision to turn its wide footprint of nationwide stores into easily accessible fulfillment centers to fuel the company’s growing eCommerce operation.
Now, we bring you news that the big-box retailer isn’t done innovating in its quest to challenge Amazon’s throttle hold on the eCommerce market. This Summer, Walmart plans to open four “next generation” fulfillment centers that rely heavily on automation. David Guggina, Walmart’s senior vice president of automation and innovation, said in a blog post: “FCs will be the first of their kind for Walmart, using the powerful combination of people, robotics, and machine learning to set an entirely new precedent for us on the speed of fulfillment.”
The first of these innovative fulfillment centers is set to open in Joliet, Illinois and will employ 4,000 workers. The company’s strategy for staffing these unique centers will be different from its traditional approach with more of a premium being placed on control technicians, quality audit analysts and flow managers. The new fulfillment centers will feature a plethora of solutions from Knapp, a technology-based distribution provider.
In other news, according to reporting conducted by Reuters, Elon Musk is looking to shrink the Tesla workforce by 10 percent in preparation for what he believes will be challenging economic conditions. At the moment, Tesla employs roughly 100,000 people.
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