US retail corporation, Walmart, is committed to rapid online delivery and pickup.
It has opened its first Market Fulfillment Center (MFC) in Arkansas in a bid to expand the use of its stores.
Fulfilment through digitisation and connecting the store to supply chain assets end-to-end will, according to Walmart, will transform operations.
The MFC utilises a proprietary storage and retrieval system which, according to Store Manager, Ryan Simpson, will enhance the customer experience with more accurate online fulfilment and also provide a runway to continue growing the business.
In related news, Walmart released its Q1 financial results.
Total revenue for the corporation was up 7.6 per cent at $152.3 billion USD, with operating income growing faster at 17.3 per cent at $0.9 billion USD.
Walmart US E-commerce growth was 27 per cent which was led by pickup and delivery.
“We had a strong quarter,” said Walmart President and CEO, Doug McMillon. “We leveraged expenses, expanded operating margin, and grew profit ahead of sales. And a big thank you to our associates, who continue to step up and deliver for customers and members whenever and however they want to be served.”
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