Monday, July 27, 2015

Wal-Mart beefs up Pa. distribution, plans to hire hundreds

Natalie Kostelni Reporter- Philadelphia Business Journal
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has opened a second mega-distribution center in Bethlehem, Pa.
It's the company's attempt to ramp up its ability to compete with the likes of Amazon and other retailers that are ahead of it when it comes to e-commerce and online delivery of items.

The new 1.2 million-square-foot facility is in the Majestic Bethlehem Center and expected to employ 400 full-time workers. It is part of what Wal-Mart describes as a network of other distribution centers, existing fulfillment centers and its 4,500 bricks-and-mortar stores that seek to quickly ship online orders through multiple lines of distribution.

Wal-Mart has another 1 million-square-foot distribution center at the Lehigh Valley Industrial Park VII. Over the next several years, the two facilities are expected to employ more than 650 jobs.
Retailers are increasingly finding the Lehigh Valley and central Pennsylvania to be important places to maintain distribution centers because of their highway and rail networks, as well as other transportation modes, and its access to such a dense population throughout the Northeast.
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