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Kohl’s to Open 5th Online Fulfillment Center Next Summer

Kohl’s is catering to the people who prefer to shop its wares online.

The Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin-based retailer said Wednesday that it plans to open its fifth distribution center dedicated to customers nationwide in summer 2017. The recently purchased 937,000-square-foot facility, located in Plainfield, Indiana, will maximize omnichannel fulfillment.

“We are committed to providing an easy experience to Kohl’s customers and a key part of this is being able to deliver amazing products to them more quickly and efficiently,” said Sona Chawla, Kohl’s chief operating officer.

When the new online fulfillment facility opens next year, the retailer will operate a total of 14 distribution centers across the country, and the other four dedicated to e-commerce orders are located in California, Ohio, Maryland and Texas. Kohl’s also ships merchandise from its network of more than 1,100 locations and offers shoppers the option to collect online orders at their local store, too.

“Our investment in a new e-commerce fulfillment center is one of the many ways we are supporting omnichannel fulfillment,” Chawla added.

Hiring for the new facility will start next spring and Kohl’s said it expects to hire roughly 300 full- and 600 part-time associates over a three-year period. While the company’s revenue declined 2 percent in the last quarter, profits increased 8 percent to reach $140 million or 77 cents per diluted share.