The American Multinational Retail Corportation – Walmart plans to build 4 new high-tech fulfilment centres, one of which will be located in Joliet – 45 miles southeast of Chicago. The new 1.1 million square-foot facility is set to open summer 2022, that will also bring more than 1,000 new jobs in the Joliet region.
The retailer said it will implement state-of-the-art automation technology that provides customers access to next- or two-day shipping on more items than ever before which will continue to create a positive work environment for associates and customers.
“Our new next generation fulfilment centre is a first-of-its-kind for Walmart that will transform the way we ship online orders to customers. Through our automated storage system and patent-pending five step process, we’ll not only provide increased comfort for associates but also double the storage capacity and double the number of customer orders we’re able to fulfil in a day,” – said David Guggina, Senior Vice President, Automation, and Innovation at Walmart.
The retail giant will hire around 4,000 people to work at the new facility and the pay at existing warehouses is $16 to $28 per hour and wages at the new ones will be at the higher end of that range. Additionally, people can search for open positions and complete applications at careers.walmart.com.