(Filed Under Financial and General Interest News). Macy’s Inc. announced Monday that it plans to build a 1.3 million-square-foot fulfillment center near Martinsburg, W.Va. to support its growing e-commerce business.
The company expects to begin construction of the facility in spring 2011 with the goal of beginning operations in April 2012. The company is considering two sites in Berkley County near Martinsburg for the facility, which it expects to employ approximately 1,200 full and part-time year-round. Macy’s said the facility will also employ about 700 additional temporary employees during the holiday shopping season.
“Our Internet sales continue to grow rapidly as part of the omnichannel strategy at Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, allowing customer to shop seamlessly in stores, online and via mobile devices in a manner that meets their needs and preferences,” said Terry Lundgren, chairman, president and C.E.O of Macy’s Inc. “In the first 10 months of fiscal 2010, our online sales were up by about 29 percent compared with the same period last year. This is on top of growth of about 20 percent in 2009.
“The new Martinsburg fulfillment center will represent a significant expansion of our online capacity, and will be used in particular to prepare and ship orders to Macys.com customers in Northeast and Middle Atlantic states.”
Currently, the company’s fulfillment centers in Portland, Tenn. And Goodyear, Ariz. primarily handle Macys.com orders, while its Cheshire, Conn. Fulfillment center handles most Bloomingdales.com orders.
In other activities related to the growing online business, Macy’s Inc. is currently adding 374,000-square-feet to its 600,000-square-foot Portland facility, and expects the expansion to be complete by next Fall. The company said it is also investing in website enhancements, systems infrastructure and customer service “to improve the shopping experience.”
Macy’s Inc. cited fiscal 2009 sales of $23.5 billion.
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