INVENTORY

Amazon expands its growing Chicago-based fulfillment services

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

To uphold its reputation of providing the fastest possible delivery to its shoppers, Amazon is preparing to open a new fulfillment center in Monee, Ill. This is the third warehouse planned for the suburbs of Chicago.

The 850,000-plus-sq.-ft. facility will facilitate the picking, packing and shipping of small items, such as books, electronics and consumer goods.

Amazon is synonymous with establishing fulfillment centers in close proximity to customers to expedite deliveries. The intensifying online ordering growth in Illinois “is directly tied to our increasing customer demand,” said Akash Chauhan, VP of Amazon’s North America Operations. “Illinois is a great state to do business, and we are happy to be expanding there to serve customers.”

The online retailer did not reveal when the new fulfillment center would open for business. While it also did not specify the number of jobs the facility would produce, a company statement reported that Amazon plans to hire “hundreds and hundreds of employees.”

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WORKFORCE

Walmart cutting 7,000 jobs

BY Marianne Wilson

Walmart is eliminating about 7,000 back-office positions at its U.S. stores, with the majority of the cuts in the accounting and invoicing areas.

The move, which was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, follows a test earlier this summer at 500 stores in the West to cut three administrative accounting and invoicing jobs at each store.

The 7,000 positions being eliminated involve counting cash or managing invoices for suppliers. Invoicing will be handled by a central office at Walmart’s headquarters, and money will be counted at each store by a “cash recycler” machine, according to a report by Fortune.

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DESIGN/CONSTRUCTION

Home décor brand opens first physical space

BY Marianne Wilson

Halloween has arrived at Macy’s flagship.

Home décor direct-marketer Grandin Road has opened its first-ever brick-and-mortar space, a pop-up at Macy's Herald Square flagship in Manhattan.

The space is designed to inspire, spook and entertain shoppers throughout the months of September and October.

The 1,400-sq.-ft. pop-up, which is on the main floor, is Macy's first Halloween concept shop. It includes two windows that showcase the dramatic décor of the shop to passersby and continues inside of the store with vignettes: "Frightfully Fun," "Bewitching," "Halloween Glam" and "Macabre and Mystical".

"To us, and millions of Americans, Halloween is not just a holiday — it's a lifestyle," said Jennifer Reeves, senior VP of brand marketing at Grandin Road. "Our concept will bring the holiday to life with a witch's brew of sight, sound, movement and lighting effects. It will be a sophisticated and fashion-forward display that — for the first time — gives customers the opportunity to see, hear, and touch Grandin Road's one-of-a-kind Halloween décor."

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