The Little Rock-based Dillard’s plans to purchase a former Target distribution center and turn it into a high-tech facility equipped with “advanced distribution and fulfillment capabilities to support the growth of our Internet store at dillards.com,” said Alex Dillard, president. The 850,000-square-foot former Target distribution center was constructed in 1980 and expanded in 1990 and is surrounded by approximately 100 acres of land.
To Utilize Advance Robotics
The center, which is scheduled to open in 2012, is expected to create more than 300 jobs in the Central Arkansas area.
“Dillard’s has decided to put its new Internet fulfillment center close to home, further bolstering the Central Arkansas economy,” Governor Mike Beebe said. “As one of Arkansas’s homegrown Fortune 500 companies, Dillard’s has played an important business role in our state for more than 70 years, and I hope that this facility will add to the company’s success.”
The Maumelle Internet Fulfillment Center will utilize the latest in fulfillment and distribution technology including advanced robotics combined with improvements in ergonomics, noise reduction and safety, Dillard said. The environmentally-friendly features include less power consumption due to reduced conveyor usage as well as advanced energy efficient lighting systems.
Dillard’s currently operates six distribution centers, including one in Mabelvale, Arkansas, and an Internet fulfillment center in Nashville, Tennessee.