Walmart consolidation center to open in Colton, bringing more than 600 jobs
A Walmart supply chain first is coming to Colton.
The mega-retailer plans to open a 340,000-square-foot consolidation center at 1600 Agua Mansa Road in July. Using automated technology, it will be the company’s first consolidation facility to receive, sort and ship freight. The technology will allow three to four times more volume in the flow of merchandise, resulting in more nimble and flexible product fulfillment, the company said.
The center will open with 150 full-time workers, but that’s expected to exceed 600 by 2021, company officials said. Walmart said it offers competitive wages at its distribution facilities, with rates at its California centers starting at above $15 an hour.
So what exactly is a consolidation center?
Its basic role is to speed large quantities of goods such as toys, kitchen appliances and other general merchandise to Walmart’s 42 regional distribution centers, which then send the items to the company’s stores…
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