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.