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The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that "Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is one of a growing number of big-box retailers building out their supply chains with distribution centers designed to meet the demands of online shopping. The company expects to open four such giant facilities this quarter, as it aims to triple online sales by 2018, to $35 billion from $12 billion last year ... Each of Wal-Mart’s new facilities will be more than 1 million square feet and hold 500,000 items—much larger than its traditional distribution centers for stores, which hold 30,000 to 50,000 items.

"Wal-Mart opened an e-commerce center in Texas last year, and like that one, the new buildings will use both human labor and automation, such as computer-controlled chutes, to move items. The new centers will be part of a network for filling online orders that includes traditional buildings, plus 11 existing smaller e-commerce centers and 83 Wal-Mart Supercenters that have been designated 'ship-from-store' locations."
KC's View:
Man, I'm just waiting for the announcement that Walmart is launching click-and-collect at 3,000 US stores, and they'll all be online by Labor Day.