Walmart plans automated warehouse in Tennessee

Walmart truck and trailer.
Walmart truck and trailer.

Walmart Inc. said Tuesday that it plans to open an automated fulfillment center in Tennessee as it continues to grow its supply chain network and e-commerce business.

The 925,000-square-foot automated warehouse, expected to open in Lebanon, Tenn., next fall, will create up to 300 full-time jobs, Walmart said. It will be the first such facility Walmart has built in the state, the company said.

"This facility will include game-changing automation technology that's radically disrupting the supply chain, improving the customer experience," said David Guggina, senior vice president of automation and innovation at Walmart U.S.

Steve Miller, the senior vice president of Walmart U.S. supply chain operations, said the facility will play an important role in Walmart's supply chain network by fulfilling online orders and supporting next-day and two-day shipping.

The Bentonville-based retailer is already hiring for some leadership positions. It's seeking a general manager as well as managers in human resources, maintenance, and environmental health and safety operations.

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