Big-box chain Home Depot has announced the opening of a new distribution center in Baltimore. The new 800,000 sq. ft. facility is designed to improve delivery to customers throughout the region.
Stephanie Smith, senior vice president of supply chain for Home Depot, says the new facilities are designed to help improve convenience for online and brick-and-mortar customers.
“By investing in our supply chain, we’ll continue to meet the changing expectations of our Pro and DIY customers–getting us closer to our goal of offering same day and next day delivery to 90 percent of the U.S. population,” Smith says.
The new Baltimore facility is the latest in Home Depot’s $1.2 billion investment in enhancing its supply chain. In September 2020, Smith spoke to the National Retail Federation about the project.
Earlier this year, Home Depot announced plans to open three new distribution centers in Florida to boost delivery options to customers in that region.
The opening of this new facility highlights the growing importance of supply chain stability for independent home improvement operators. In the August edition of Hardware Retailing, retailers discussed how supply chain volatility has impacted their inventory management practices.
Big-box chain Lowe’s is also investing in supply chain upgrades. The company plans to open roughly 50 cross dock delivery terminals, seven bulk distribution centers and four e-commerce fulfillment centers.
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