High-Tech Warehouse

The 2020 project will be US giant Walmart’s first high-tech distribution centre. The new centre is designed for movement of perishables and will be capable of moving 40 per cent more groceries than a traditional distribution centre. Machinery will do the heavy lifting, including an algorithm that quickly determines how best to palletise an order. Walmart has described the process as “sort of like a game of Tetris, but with apples and ice cream.” The technology maximises pallet efficiency, so trucks used to transport the goods will be able to fit more on board. This will ultimately reduce transport costs, saving money for both Walmart and, ultimately, consumers.