Walmart Canada is set to construct a new fulfillment centre in Surrey, British Columbia that will entail an investment of $175m.
The fulfilment centre will be a zero-waste facility. It will provide fresh and frozen grocery items to 60 stores within British Columbia. Walmart said the new centre will also reduce its long-haul trips and directly reduce its carbon footprint.
In addition, the fulfilment centre will be fitted with energy efficient LED lighting and intelligent controls, which are claimed to reduce energy consumption cost for lighting by 70%. An alternative lithiumbattery cell will also be installed to reduce the overall power consumption at the site.
Furthermore, the facility will feature efficient refrigeration systems, which will use environmentally preferable, CFC free carbon dioxide (CO2).
The Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system has been designed to use heat rejected from the refrigeration system to heat offices and radiant under floor heating. Walmart also plans to deploy electric fleet vehicles travelling to and from the facility.
The project will create 300 skilled construction and engineering jobs during its construction period and up to 200 new, long-term jobs.
Construction on the fulfilment centre will begin in early 2021 and the facility is set to open in early 2022.
The retail giant stated that it will partner with a warehouse technology company, which will support the retailer in designing a modern and innovative building. The facility will be equipped with latest automated technology which will work alongside associates and will provide better processes.
Walmart Canada logistics and supply chain senior vice-president John Bayliss said: “Walmart Canada is delighted to build our new fulfillment centre in Surrey. We believe that our zero-waste, sustainable facility will be a great fit for this community.
“We are also looking forward to working closely with the outstanding universities and colleges in Greater Vancouver to connect with highly-skilled individuals and offer employment opportunities.”