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Home Depot Opens Direct Fulfillment Center

Home Depot announced today the opening of its new direct fulfillment center in Locust Grove, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta.

It is the first of three new DFCs the company will open across the U.S. over the next two years, adding more than three million square feet and approximately 1,000 jobs to its supply chain.

The new distribution centers will increase the number of orders the company can ship the day they are received, increasing the speed of delivery for HomeDepot.com orders.

The company is also enabling faster order picking and shipping through new warehouse management and material handling systems.

“This is a significant investment in our ability to say yes to customers with confidence,” says Mark Holifield, senior vice president of supply chain. “Yes, you have access to our entire inventory to fulfill your order. Yes, you can expect a speedy delivery. And yes, you can rely on information updates about your delivery.”

The DFCs will stock approximately 100,000 products, extending The Home Depot aisle beyond the 35,000 products typically available at the average physical store.

The Locust Grove DFC will initially employ approximately 125 associates, and will eventually employ approximately 300 associates. Future DFCs are scheduled to open in Perris, Calif. and Troy, Ohio.

To read the full press release click here.

About Amanda Bell

Amanda Bell was an assistant editor of Hardware Retailing and NRHA. Amanda regularly visited with home improvement retailers across the country and attended industry events and seminars. She earned a degree in magazine journalism from Ball State University and has received honors for her work for Hardware Retailing from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.

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