Aldi’s newest fulfillment center planned for Arizona
A German discount grocer is buying up land in the Grand Canyon State — but not to open stores.
Aldi is planning to open a regional fulfillment center in Goodyear, Arizona. The facility will house an office and distribution center, and will create 132 jobs, according to the Phoenix Business Journal.
Aldi is purchasing 27 acres of land from Goodyear for $3.6 million, and another 42 acres from developer Sunbelt Holdings. The facility is expected to open by 2020, although the timeline could change, the report said.
The new facility is positioned to support Aldi’s aggressive nationwide store expansion. With plans on becoming the third-largest American food retailer by store count, behind Walmart and Kroger, Aldi said it plans to invest $3.4 billion to open 900 stores by the end of 2022, giving it 2,500 stores nationwide.
The grocer currently operates approximately 1,600 stores in 35 U.S. states. Earlier this year, Aldi announced it would invest $1.6 billion to remodel 1,300 of its stores by 2020.
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Online giant to open robotics-based facility in Michigan
Amazon is expanding its distribution fleet in the Wolverine state in a big way.
The online giant plans to open an 855,000-sq.-ft. fulfillment center in Romulus, Michigan — it’s second in the state. The facility will create more than 1,500 new full-time associate roles.
Associates will pick, pack, and ship smaller customer items, such as books, electronics and toys. However, these tasks will be streamlined by technology from Amazon Robotics, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amazon.com.
Among the solutions designed by the division include autonomous mobile robots, sophisticated control software, language perception, power management, computer vision, depth sensing, machine learning, object recognition, and semantic understanding of commands. These solutions will create what is described as a “highly technological workplace,” according to Amazon.
The online retailer continues to bolster its distribution fleet with these sophisticated solutions. Amazon recently announced that its new facility in South Florida will feature Amazon Robotics. The warehouse, which is dubbed a “mega warehouse,” is set to open in 2018.
Amazon is also opening robotics-based distribution centers in Colorado and in Connecticut.
Wireless carrier expands store network
Sprint continues to expand its presence — this time in the Midwest.
The wireless carrier plans to add 30 new retail stores and more than 200 jobs throughout Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri and Nebraska by the end of 2017. The new jobs will include a combination of retail, operations and technical experts.
“We are making an aggressive push to expand on the local level, making it easier for wireless shoppers to save with Sprint’s industry-leading value for unlimited data, talk and text,” said Tim Donahue, Sprint regional president for the Midwest.
Sprint operates more than 280 retail locations and has more than 1,200 employees throughout the Midwest region.