Walmart Adds ‘Pop-Up’ E-Commerce Distribution Centers For The Holidays

Walmart is using space in 42 of its regional distribution centers to create “pop-up eCommerce Distribution Centers” meant to help handle the increased volume of e-commerce orders, the retailer announced Thursday. The “pop-up” model provides flexibility to the company’s fulfillment capabilities and allows it to increase capacity when it is experiencing peak-level volume, Greg Smith, the executive vice president of supply chain at Walmart U.S., wrote in a blog post. The regional distribution centers usually ship pallets of goods to stores and not individual SKUs to a consumer’s home. Now the locations will handle both tasks and Walmart expects 30% of its holiday volume to be shipped from the pop-up locations. Read more at Retail Dive.