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Walmart unit Seiyu streamlines deliveries for online shoppers

Japanese supermarket chain mirrors parent's strategy with automated warehouse

Seiyu has faced inventory shortages at individual superstores from the surge in online orders. (Photo from Seiyu's Twitter account)

TOKYO -- Japanese supermarket chain Seiyu will expand its capacity to meet surging online orders, debuting an automated fulfillment center early next year in emulating the digital strategy of parent Walmart.

The 50,000-sq.-meter site in Yokohama will have triple the shipping capacity of an existing facility in Chiba Prefecture, Seiyu President Lionel Desclee told Nikkei. The new center also will slash employee work by 60%.

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