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Lamps Plus purchases $7 million warehouse to speed up fulfillment

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

Lamps Plus is taking steps to meet its shoppers’ increasing demand.

The lighting retailer is expanding its warehouse presence in Redlands, Calif., with the acquisition of a 57,000-sq.-ft. building. The new warehouse is located next to Lamps Plus’ existing 800,000-sq.-ft. facility, which opened in 2007.

Lamps Plus acquired the new building, which was built in 2006, from Precision Pet Products for $7.1 million. The new depot will augment the company’s existing warehouse storage space and shipping lines, and provide storage for lighting, home décor and furniture.

“With the success of our online and store sales, we needed to expand our presence to rapidly meet customers’ increasingly faster shipping time ex-pectations,” said Dennis Swanson, CEO of Lamps Plus. “Redlands has solidified its reputation as a premier location for warehouse facilities with a number of major U.S. corporations, also operating in the area and by of-fering an outstanding skilled workforce.”

The retailer will add 50 new associates to operate the new facility, the company said.

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Amazon wins new robot patent

BY CSA STAFF

Amazon’s packing processes are about to get even faster.

The retail giant has been issued a patent for a robot that can pack orders, potentially speeding up the fulfillment process, according to NBC News.

The robotic technology, which will be designed to grab and detect merchandise within an inventory system, will augment approximately 45,000 robots currently being utilized in Amazon’s distribution centers nationwide.

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SoCal center stalled for needed road upgrades

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Groundbreaking on a 500,000-sq.-ft. shopping center in Southern California has been postponed due to changes in the developer’s plan ‘and a need for improvements to the surrounding roadway.

The 50-acre site in Murrieta, a town of 103,000 people located halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, was purchased by a limited partnership last year for $18 million. The owners are working with Caltrans for improvements needed on nearby Winchester Road.

A member of the development team, Menifee City Councilman Matt Liesemeyer, told the local Press Enterprise that several retailers have inquired about the properties and that construction should begin this year. Plans call for the center to be anchored by a home improvement store, a supermarket, and a general retailer such as a Kohl’s or Target.

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