In Mexico, Walmart is ramping up its distribution capabilities with a number of new distribution centers to expedite and improve product delivery to its stores. The new distribution centers will allow Walmart to strengthen and expand its logistics operations, with the goal of reducing time and costs in the supply process.
With an ambitious multi-year schedule for program completion, Walmart’s plan involves the construction of new distribution centers and the upgrading of existing centers. The retailer has engaged SSOE as one of their strategic partners to help design and build new centers in Chihuahua, Tobasco, and Chalco, with potential for additional projects. The facilities in Chihuahua (35,000 m2) and Chalco (60,000 m2) are dry warehouses, while the facility in Tobasco (38,000 m2) is a refrigerated distribution center—a project requiring unique refrigeration experience that other A/E firms in Mexico were unable to provide.
SSOE’s phased design approach prioritizes close communication and coordination between multiple Walmart divisions (including logistics, human resources, safety, and operations) and the SSOE project team. This includes continuously updating coordination and communication tools used for project delivery, and leading workshops and design review meetings that incorporate 3D Virtual Reality walk-throughs. This approach ensures that the integrated design team is able to focus on project goals and provide an operationally efficient and flexible design.
The benefits of SSOE’s ongoing partnership with Walmart include in-depth understanding shared by all team members of Walmart’s goals, needs, and business objectives, as well as the ability to ensure consistent implementation of Walmart’s global design and construction standards from project to project.