MISSISSAUGA, ONT. — As part of a $1 billion infrastructure investment this year, Walmart Canada is spending more than $100 million to build a new sortable fulfillment centre in Vaudreuil-Dorion, Que., the company’s first fulfillment centre in the province, which is slated to open in 2024.
Part of the larger investment also includes plans to update and remodel a record number of stores in a year, which includes modernizing and upgrading physical spaces.
The Quebec fulfillment centre will be about 457,000 square feet in size, serving as a delivery hub for millions of customer orders in Quebec and Atlantic Canada. It is expected to create about 225 new jobs in Quebec, plus construction and engineering jobs.
The facility will be powered by “cutting-edge” logistics technology to achieve productivity with less physical effort by using “innovative” technology, the company said.
The platform will speed up order fulfillment through an advanced operating system that will help associates store, pick and sort items by using smart storage abilities to manage a large and wide variety of inventory, states a release.
Also included in the infrastructure investments are plans to spend approximately $330 million to revamp and refresh more than 80 stores across Canada, providing more than 2,500 trade and construction jobs. Some of the enhancements include expanding product assortment and offering an upgraded look and feel; integrating more dedicated omnichannel spaces for more online orders; refreshing interiors and exteriors, including paint and new signs; adding LED lighting to key departments to enhance the interior experience; updating associate lounge areas; renovating washroom areas, including new tiling and sustainability features; and replacing and upgrading legacy systems with new technology and applications.