Kohl’s Ramps Up E-Commerce & Hiring With New Distribution Center

Kohl’s Corp. has closed on the purchase of a building for a new e-commerce distribution center, the company announced today.

Expected to open in summer 2017, Kohl’s said the 937,000-sq.-ft. facility in Plainfield, Ind., will improve its ability to fulfill orders on its e-commerce site, Kohls.com. The facility will also bring 900 jobs — 300 full- and 600 part-time positions over a three-year period — to the Indianapolis area.

Kohl’s COO Sona Chawla said the firm’s investment in the new distribution center is part of its larger, ongoing effort to enhance omnichannel fulfillment.

This is in addition to our capability to ship merchandise from our entire network of more than 1,100 Kohl’s stores nationwide and the option for customers to buy online and pick up their purchase at their local Kohl’s store, two initiatives that came to life last year,” said Chawla said in a release.

Chawla added that the new e-commerce fulfillment center would be in place to support the 2017 holiday season.

The Indiana-based facility will bring the total number of Kohl’s-operated distribution centers to 14. This will be the company’s fifth distribution center dedicated to serving Kohls.com customers, with other e-commerce fulfillment centers located in San Bernardino, Calif.; Monroe, Ohio; Edgewood, Md., and DeSoto, Texas.

After struggling with a series of new initiatives last year, Kohl’s has been on an improving trend line in recent months. In Q2, reported in August, Kohl’s handily topped Wall Street’s profit forecasts, while several analysts gave a thumbs-up to Under Armour’s announcement that it would launch in the department store chain in 2017.

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