Walmart Pivots FC to Walmart Fulfillment Service Business
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Walmart has announced plans to convert an Atlanta fulfillment center (FC) into a dedicated facility for their expanding Walmart Fulfillment Services (WFS) business.
"This strategic move allows our third-party sellers to take even more advantage of our world-class supply chain capabilities for delivery to their customers," says Karisa Sprague, Senior Vice President of Fulfillment Center Operations on the Walmart corporate website.
The facility conversion includes updates to meet WFS operational requirements, as well as enhancing training, processes, equipment and the building’s infrastructure, according to Walmart. It's the latest move the retailer is making to serve Marketplace sellers, noting that "sellers who use WFS to fulfill their items are seeing on average 50% sales growth for those items."
BOLD COO Matt Parry says this is a smart strategic move for Walmart.
“Walmart is rightly leaning in to their growing marketplace business," says Parry. "They have made huge progress in eCommerce supply chain efficiencies & last mile optimization."
Parry served as the head of Walmart’s Customer Experience (CX) Team before joining the BOLD team. He says he's the retailer's plans will signal even more options for Marketplace sellers to grow profitably.
"Dedicating a facility to WFS will allow them leverage their world class capability, whilst supporting marketplace sellers better & learning for the future.”
The latest commitment to Walmart.com sellers comes just a few weeks after Amazon's recent announcement of new logistics and storage solutions for marketplace sellers.
Walmart's first dedicated WFS site went live earlier this year in Joliet, Illinois - following the company's pledge in June to build four next generation fulfillment centers (FCs) over the next three years.
'They plan to have full Walmart Fulfillment Services up and running at the Atlanta center by Fall 2022.