Pet Food Manufacturer Expands Capacity and Warehouse

Mars Petcare is investing $117 million in its pet food manufacturing facility in Fort Smith, Arkansas to meet increased demand for its wet pet food.

The investment adds two production lines, expands warehouse spaces, and updates existing equipment, increasing production capacity by more than 75% and annual output to more than $1 billion. The facility expansion also brings more than 140 new jobs to the Fort Smith community.


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LocusBots Track Real-Time Warehouse Operations

In response to a surge in e-commerce, Locus Robotics is developing better and more efficient robots to handle increased warehousing demand.

Locus Robotics’ robots are called “LocusBots”.  They are autonomous and mobile and can track real-time warehouse operations using iPhone or wearable technology.

New features for LocusBots to better handle item picking and handling in warehouses are in the research and development stage.


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Amazon’s Thousand Suburban Warehouses

Amazon plans to open 1,000 small delivery hubs across the United States, with plans to increase this number to approximately 1,500.

The move is to further the company’s goal of same day delivery to customers.  Walmart and Target have been using their network of stores to provide same day delivery, with Walmart implementing Walmart+, its own version of Amazon Prime.

Amazon’s small delivery hubs are planned to be about 200,000 square feet, one-quarter the size of the company’s fulfillment centers.  Moreover, these […]

Toys R Us Shifts To Fulfillment By Amazon

Toys R Us went through bankruptcy in 2017, and closed its stores in 2018, but online orders have continued.

Toys R Us has recently replaced Target with Amazon as its e-commerce partner.  Customers shopping at the ToysRUs.com site will be redirected to Amazon for order fulfillment.


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This post is based on the Chicago Business Journal article,

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