More than 350 new full-time jobs and hundreds of seasonal temporary jobs will be created with today’s announcement that Walmart will open a fulfillment center in Bethlehem to support its growing e-commerce business.
The company plans to open a facility at 2785 Commerce Center Blvd. in Lehigh Valley Industrial Park VII during the first quarter of 2014. It will be more than one million square feet.
Walmart will have more than five million products on its e-commerce website this holiday season, which is more than twice as many as last year. That increase, in part, led Walmart to add the Bethlehem fulfillment center, as well as an 800,000-square-foot center in Texas.
This will be Walmart’s first fulfillment center in Pennsylvania. A fulfillment center is a place where a company can receive orders then store, package and ship those ordered items directly to consumers.
The Bethlehem facility will house items including electronics, toys, apparel, fitness equipment and sporting goods.
Walmart has 49,051 employees in Pennsylvania, where it operates 110 supercenters, 24 discount stores and 23 Sam’s Clubs. The company also has seven distribution centers in the state.
Walmart also is looking at seasonal hires. In addition to full-time hires, the company said it expects could add as many as 700 temporary workers during holiday peak seasons.read more
Walmart will open a massive distribution center in Bethlehem to support the company’s growing e-commerce business, the world’s largest retailer announced today.
The 1.2 million-square-foot “fulfillment center,” as Walmart calls it, will employ more than 350 year-round workers, and its payroll will double with temporary workers during the busy holiday season, according to the company.
“These new jobs will be long-term, dependable jobs for the hard-working Pennsylvanians of this region,” Gov. Tom Corbett said in a press release.
Walmart’s e-commerce business – expected to be in excess of $10 billion globally this year – is rapidly expanding as the company competes for market share with online retail pioneer Amazon.com.
The south Bethlehem center, due to open in the first quarter of next year, will be located on Commerce Center Boulevard in a building that Liberty Property Trust built last year on Lehigh Valley Industrial Park VII land. It will be the largest facility of its kind for Walmart.
“We’re awfully excited,” said Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan. “To have a company like Walmart, it brings a lot of credibility to that site.”
Walmart also announced plans to open a similar, though slightly smaller facility in Fort Worth, Texas.
“The new online facilities extend Walmart’s any time, anywhere experience that lets customers shop seamlessly across online, mobile and stores,” the company said in a press release.
This holiday season customers will have access to more than five million products on Walmart.com, which is over twice as many as last year. The company says it expects that number to reach the tens of millions in the coming years.
To support this growth, Walmart is also using online fulfillment areas within its traditional distribution centers, and it ships some online orders directly from its stores.
In the past two years, Walmart.com has sped up delivery by 15 percent, while reducing overall costs by 10 percent by optimizing the way orders are shipped using Walmart’s various physical locations, according to the company.
In a press release, Joel Anderson, President & CEO Walmart.com, called Pennsylvania a “tremendous business partner… where businesses like ours can grow and succeed.”
Wal-Mart will open a 1 million-square-foot distribution center in Bethlehem in the first quarter of the new year that will eventually employ 350 people, according to a news release this morning.
The building is at 2785 Commerce Center Blvd. on former Bethlehem Steel Corp. property in Lehigh Valley Industrial Park VII, a Wal-Mart spokesman and Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan confirmed. It is owned by Liberty Property Trust, which is also building a second warehouse in that area. The larger of two, at 1.2 million square feet, did not have a tenant until now.
“It’s great news,” Callahan said this morning, adding that 350 jobs is significant in warehousing operations that typically aren’t “jobs intensive.”
And it also justifies the Bethlehem area development company’s faith in the huge brownfield renewal that stretches across South Bethlehem into Lower Saucon Township, Callahan said.
“It’s a more than $50 million project and to have that built on a speculative basis is great,” Callahan said. And then, when “you land a big project” to occupy the structure, it’s even better, said the Bethlehem mayor, who is running for Northampton County executive.
“Landing a company with the logistics reputation as Wal-Mart has — they’re the best in the business — it’s a real validater of the (Steel) site,” he said.
The warehouse is not far off an expanded Route 412, which has direct access to Interstate 78. Wal-Mart likely won’t need much rail service, which also feeds the industrial site.
Liberty Trust is also building an 800,000-square-foot warehouse in the same area and Trammell Crow is putting up a 600,000-square-foot facility on spec, Callahan said.
“It’s got to give them some confidence” now that one of the warehouses has a tenant, he said of the two development companies.
A Crayola warehouse of nearly the same size as Wal-Mart was opened nearby by Majestic Realty Co., he said.
Wal-Mart will set up a similar operation in Texas to meet online demand, the company said.
“With our dedicated online facilities and 4,100 stores within five miles of two-thirds of the U.S. population, we gain a significant advantage by being positioned in the most important location – close to our customers,” Joel Anderson, president and CEO of walmart.com, said in the release. “This unique combination allows us to get more products to our customers faster and at a lower cost.”
The news comes within days of Walgreens saying it was moving 400 jobs out of the Lehigh Valley as it closes a distribution facility in Hanover Township, Northampton County.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said as Wal-Mart grows, the Lehigh Valley is a viable partner.
“Wal-mart’s announcement today represents more than 350 good, well-paying jobs for people of the Lehigh Valley and we congratulate them on their choice of Pennsylvania for this critical expansion,” Corbett said in the release. “As Wal-mart moves forward with expansion of its e-commerce business we will be a partner in ensuring Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley remain a continued part of that growth.”
The Pennsylvania facility will be Wal-Mart’s largest, the company said.
Pennsylvania, once the Workshop of the World, where big factories made big stuff, is now America’s Warehouse, where shippers import goods through Eastern ports and send them out via free Interstate highways to points South and West.
- Wal-Mart says it will open “its largest ever” warehouse in Bethlehem, Pa., in the Spring, and hire 350 workers to ship electronics, toys, guns and other popular items. Liberty Property Trust says it has leased to Wal-Mart the newly-completed 1.2 million square foot facility at 2785 Commerce Center Blvd.
- Amazon.com says it will hire 70,000 new workers to ship Christmas orders through its warehouses in Pennsylvania, Delaware and 10 other states. Amazon has warehouses in Carlisle, Hazleton and Lewisberry (Lehigh Valley), Pa. — more than any other state except Indiana and Kentucky — and two more in Middletown and New Castle, Del.
The Amazon jobs in Pa. pay up to $13.50/hour in Hazleton (via Integrity Staffing Group) and $12.75/hour at the other two Pa. sites, which are among Amazon’s top wages at “fulfillment centers.” The Delaware sites pay up to $11.50/hour. Amazon locations in Kansas and Kentucky, by contrast, advertise only up to $11/hour.
Wal-Mart, like other store-based retailers, is trying to boost its warehouse operation so it doesn’t end up like Borders, Best Buys and other victims of Amazon’s low prices and universal shipping.
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Join the KYW Newsradio Kidcast Mobile Studio, presented by Comcast Internet Essentials and UnitedHealthcare , on-site at the Police Athletic League Harrowgate location on Wednesday, September 18th. This opportunity gives kids a chance to be a KYW News Anchor. Your kids can download and listen to their very own news report, and share it withfamily and friends!
Police and Walmart representatives will help PAL’s Walmart Citywide Baseball Program come to a close for the season. Dozens of young baseball players who achieved success this season will be celebrating their accomplishments. Smiling youngsters from across Philadelphia will be in attendance, along with their coaches and biggest supporters. Championship teams from Cozen PAL (17th & Brown Sts.) and Lighthouse PAL (Somerset & Howard Sts.) and runners-up from Harrowgate PAL (H & Tioga Streets) will be in attendance to accept their trophies.
Walmart has donated more than $150,000 in support of the program, providing hundreds of inner-city youth with uniforms, equipment, instructional seminars, transportation and more, all at no charge to youth.
The Walmart Foundation announced this week that it will provide a $300,000 grant to Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders, which provides support and services for LGBT older adults across the nation.
The grant will be divided among several chapters of SAGEWorks, a program that provides workplace tools and training for those 40 and over, including the Philadelphia chapter.
SAGE USA executive director Michael Adams said this is the third time the Walmart Foundation has provided SAGEWorks a grant.
Adams said the organization applied for the grant so it could continue the work it has already established throughout the country.
“We are always seeking funding. We need financial support for our programs for LGBT older adults,” Adams said. “In this particular case, we are talking about our work-readiness program so LGBT older adults can keep working and earn an income.”
The Philadelphia chapter of the organization, which was established in 2009, is housed at the William Way LGBT Community Center. The local SAGEWorks program started last year.
“SAGEWorks is a job-readiness program that helps seniors to get back into the work force and provides them with tools and education,” explained William Way senior-programs coordinator Ed Miller. “We bring seniors in and have an orientation to talk about the program. We give access to an online job-search website, conduct assessments and provide free training.”
The program offers free computer classes for computer users of all skill levels, as well as résumé workshops and job-training seminars.
“There is a beginner class, a class for people who have some experience with computers and a more advanced class, and they are taught by a professional instructor. People walk away with good tools,” Miller said. “We have people who volunteer to help people with their résumés and get them ready to be in an interview. We have a lot of seminars where people come in from businesses around the city and talk about their workplaces.”
More than 60 people have taken advantage of the program in the past year, Miller said.
Adams noted that, although the specific amount that will go towards each affiliate has not been determined, he anticipates the grant could generate more corporate interest in LGBT philanthropy, specifically for older-adult initiatives.
On Weds, August 8, 2013, Walmart associate volunteers joined Cradles to Crayons and the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey to help pack 22,000 backpacks for low-income and homeless children, allowing them to start off the school year right. More then 400 volunteers from corporations all over the region were present to help with the effort.
The Heller School’s Center for Youth and Communities at Brandeis University and the Walmart Foundation grant $225,000 to Philadelphia to support WorkReady Summer 2013
PHILADELPHIA – Today, the Philadelphia Youth Network, Inc. (PYN) announced it is a recipient of a $225,000 grant as part of the 2013 Summer Youth Employability Initiative funded by The Walmart Foundation and managed by The Heller School’s Center for Youth and Communities at Brandeis University. This grant is being used to fund 150 paid, educationally-enriched summer work experiences for youth, aged 16-22, with a special emphasis on those who are involved in Philadelphia’s foster-care and juvenile-justice systems. This is the second summer that the Walmart Foundation has supported youth opportunities offered under the umbrella of WorkReady Philadelphia.
“We are honored that the Walmart Foundation Summer Youth Employability Initiative has invested in Philadelphia’s youth again this year. These funds have contributed to the city’s ability to offer 7,600 opportunities through WorkReady summer programming. These experiences are more than just summer jobs for our young participants; they offer critical opportunities for youth to gain valuable skills and make connections that position them for success both academically and professionally,” said Stacy E. Holland, President and CEO of Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN).
This grant is part of a $2.5M investment the Walmart Foundation is making to support competency-based summer jobs that integrate work and learning for 1,200 vulnerable youth in seven communities across the country: Chicago, Detroit, Hartford, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix/Maricopa County, and San Diego. The Center for Youth and Communities of the Heller School at Brandeis University is serving as the National Program Office for this initiative, providing technical assistance to grantees, monitoring and evaluating the quality and impact of programs and fostering a national dialogue on youth employability.
Professor Susan P. Curnan, Director of the Center for Youth and Communities and study leader for many summer youth initiatives, underscores the power of a competency-based approach to youth employability development: “We describe our approach to the summer program as ‘100% work, 100% learning.’ Summers matter – over the long term, youth who participate in year-round programs or multiple summer experiences intentionally combining work, learning, and support can improve educational outcomes, are less likely to drop out, have less difficulty getting and keeping jobs, and have higher lifelong earnings than those who do not.”
Statistics underscore the urgency of investing in youth workforce development. Nationwide, the summer employment rate for 16-19 year olds fell from 51.7% in 2000 to about 33% in 2012 – a low not seen in more than 50 years. At the same time, employers cannot find enough workers with demonstrated workplace competencies to meet job demands. Providing access to high-quality, career-connected experiences that grow the skills of our emerging professionals is mission-critical.
“At Walmart, we recognize the need to support the next generation of our nation’s workforce,” said Julie Gehrki, Senior Director of the Walmart Foundation. “By working closely with the Heller School’s Center for Youth and Communities at Brandeis University, we are able to help provide youth access to job opportunities and skills training during the summer months so they can return to school more prepared for the future.”
About WorkReady Philadelphia
WorkReady Philadelphia is the city’s workforce-preparation system for youth and young adults, supported by investments from government, local and national philanthropies, and Greater Philadelphia employers. WorkReady is overseen by the Philadelphia Council for College and Career Success, a committee of the Philadelphia Works board. Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) serves as the managing partner and works with over 50 organizations to operate WorkReady programs across the city. To learn more about WorkReady summer 2013 programs, visit www.workreadyphila.org/summer2013.
About the Center for Youth and Communities Making Knowledge Productive for 30 Years at The Heller School, Brandeis University
Within the Heller School’s mission of “knowledge advancing social justice,” the Center’s objective is to “make knowledge productive” and help practitioners and policy makers prepare young people for college, work and life. The work is guided by three goals: 1) using science-based research to improve the quality and impact of programs and policies for youth and communities; 2) strengthening leadership and management in philanthropy, nonprofits and socially responsible businesses; 3) applying results-oriented leadership and evaluation methods to deepen public understanding, strengthen programs, prove the efficacy of particular models and shape policies.
About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief and Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. Walmart has donated more than one billion meals to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.
For the 7th consecutive year, Council President Darrell L. Clarke and Walmart Stores Associate volunteers partnered to distribute 500 fans to local seniors in need. Hundreds lined up to receive a free fan at three senior centers in North Philadelphia, including Lutheran Settlement Home, Martin Luther King, Jr. Older Adult Center and Hartranft Community Center. Since 2006, Council President Clarke and Walmart have distributed over 3,500 fans to Philadelphia’s senior citizen community.
20 Walmart associates from Bucks and Philadelphia Counties took part in a volunteer day at Cradles to Crayons in Conshohocken, PA on June 20th, sorting, packing and preparing packs for kids and families in need throughout the Philadelphia region.