US: Macy's to invest $170m in new distribution centre
US retailer Macy's is to invest US$170m in a new direct-to-consumer distribution centre in Tulsa County, Oklahoma, to support omni-channel growth.
The company, which operates around 840 department stores across 45 states, said the investment will cover the latest technology in material handling equipment and warehouse management systems.
Construction of the 1.3m sq ft facility is due to begin in spring 2014, with operations starting in April 2015. First orders will ship in summer 2015.
When fully operational, the Tulsa distribution centre is expected to employ around 1,500 full- and part-time workers year-round.
Another 1,000 or more temporary seasonal staff will be hired each year to handle a significantly higher level of online orders from customers during the holiday shopping season. Between 350 and 500 construction jobs are expected as the facility is built.
Direct-to-customer orders from Macy's online store, its app and bricks-and-mortar stores are handled by the retailer's distribution centres in Goodyear, Arizona; Portland, Tennessee; and Martinsburg, West Virginia, as well as by fulfilment functions at 500 Macy's stores.
Direct-to-customer orders from Bloomingdales.com, its app and stores are handled primarily by a fulfilment centre in Cheshire, Connecticut, as well as all 37 Bloomingdale's stores.
"The rapid growth of Macy's direct-to-customer shipments, rooted in our omni-channel approach to business, requires us to continue to strategically add fulfilment capacity so our customers can receive their orders quickly and efficiently," said chairman, president and CEO Terry Lundgren.
Customers, he added, are shopping whenever and however they prefer - via stores, desktops and mobile devices, and the company will continue to invest to meet consumer demand.
"Our new Tulsa County facility will represent another significant expansion of our shipping capacity, particularly to customers in central and southern regions of the United States," Lundgren noted.
With a large population and high income per head, demand for apparel in the USA is huge -- amounting to nearly US$300 bn during 2012. This has facilitated sustained growth of a number of giant retaile...
This report provides information, analysis and valuable insight on developments relating to the performance apparel industry in the following categories: acquisitions, divestments and mergers; company...
Abstract About Children’s and Infant Wear Children's wear refers to clothing for children aged between 0 months to 10 years. It includes apparel such as outerwear, underwear, nightwear, socks and t...
This report provides information, analysis and valuable insight on developments relating to the home textile industry in the following categories: acquisitions, divestments and mergers; corporate soci...
- Yuan devaluation impact mixed for garment firms
- Will Vietnam struggle with impending trade deals?
- The new age of disruption on apparel production
- China devaluation: what’s the big deal?
- Gap bullish on China growth opportunities
- US Q2 in brief: J Crew, Aeropostale, Bebe Stores
- Luen Thai to continue investment in Vietnam
- Adidas seeking to resolve shoe supplier dispute
- China market woes could hit consumer spending
- Adidas files trademark suit against Forever 21
- Global Database of the Top 1000 Apparel Producers - Company Names, Financial Performance, and Contact Details
- Ethiopia – the emerging textile and clothing industry
- Myanmar's Garment Sector in 2015 - now with updated members' directory
- Global market review of lingerie - forecasts to 2020
- Global market review of swimwear - forecasts to 2019