Walmart Expands Automation Across Distribution Centres

Walmart Inc. has partnered with Symbotic LLC to implement its robotics and software automation platform in the retailer’s 42 regional distribution centres over the coming years. The end-to-end software-enabled high-density robotics platform plays a strategic role in supporting Walmart’s goal of modernizing its vast supply chain network and enables transformation of its regional distribution centres to provide faster responsiveness to store orders, increased inventory accuracy, and higher capacity for receiving and shipping freight to stores. The technology’s ability to build palletized loads of department-sorted inventory ultimately enables Walmart to get products onto shelves stores more quickly, while also making one of the toughest aspects of supply chain work – material handling – safer and simpler. The company has already begun embedding Symbotic’s technology in select regional distribution centres. The retrofitting process is expected to be completed over the next eight years.