US retail giant Wal-Mart has opened four new logistics warehouses in Tianjin in northern China as it works to improve its distribution network in the country.

Phase II of the Walmart Tianjin Distribution Centre in the Beichen Hi-Tech Industrial Park of Tianjin’s Binhai New Development Zone, consists of four warehouses totalling 860,800 square feet. The location was chosen due to its proximity to the regional seaport, road and rail network.

Wal-Mart is developing this distribution centre into its largest logistics park in North China.

"As an important part of Walmart China's long-term strategy, the development of supply chain is given high priority in the business," says Peter Sharp, leader of Wal-Mart Asia Realty.

"The development of such an international logistics park also mirrors Walmart’s endeavour to achieve win-win for the government, suppliers and retailer by building a strong supply chain network and system, to ultimately achieve our goal of saving people money so they can live better by lowering the cost."

Sally Lin, China country director at IDI Gazeley, which managed the development, said there was a growing base of international companies in China requiring logistics facilities.

Wal-Mart has been operating in China for 19 years, where it has 413 retail units covering 165 cities selling a range of merchandise including clothes. It plans to open another 115 new facilities over the next two years. The retailer says over 95% of the merchandise in its stores in China is sourced locally.