Sam’s Club is stocking up on warehouses. The retailer, owned by Walmart, is opening five new fulfillment and distribution centers this year and up to 16 total over the next five years.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the investment is part of a push to speed up delivery as the warehouse-club chain looks to build on recent e-commerce sales growth. Sam’s Club saw net e-commerce sales grow 21% for the latest quarter compared with the year-ago period, driven by curbside pickup and orders shipped to customers’ homes.
Some of the company’s new warehouses will focus on shipping goods directly to customers, while others will also stow shelf-stable goods and replenish stores. The retailer plans to open 30 new stores over the next several years with additional space for curbside pickup and delivery orders.
Sam’s Club is the latest retailer to invest in new supply-chain facilities as companies seek to deliver packages faster.
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