“Walmart's given me this opportunity to become somebody and make something of myself.”
He’s also drawn to the family culture Walmart provides. “It's ultimately your family away from your family,” says James, who recently welcomed his third child.
James encourages new associates to give their all, whatever their position. “I’m the product of internal promotion,” he says. “If you give 100 percent to Walmart, Walmart will give 100 percent back.”
The consolidation center receives less-than-full truckloads from suppliers, fills trailers with palleted as well as conveyable goods and then ships the full trailers to regional distribution centers. From when the trailers arrive at the center, James says, it’s about 72 hours before they’re unpacked, merchandise is repacked into trailers going to regional distribution centers and trailers are shipped out again. That compares to a multi-week timeline for traditional consolidation centers.
The 340,000-square-foot facility in Colton is the center point of 42 regional distribution centers, with 36 of those receiving their freight by rail and the rest receiving their freight from over-the-road carriers, including Walmart’s private fleet.
James says it’s the highest-producing volume distribution center on the West Coast. “We’re out-producing our regional distribution centers,” he says, noting that ACC 6561 has committed to providing regional distribution centers with “a perfect load every time.” That means loading trailers to within 10 inches of the roof, and segregating conveyable freight and pallets so the distribution center only has to put an extended conveyor in place once.
Want to learn more?
Read how Consolidation Centers work »
Starting at the end of August 2021, James will be starting a new chapter at Walmart when he returns to where he got started, the fulfillment center in Chino. This time, he’ll be the inbound operations manager.
Walmart will continue its investment in ACCs, with another one scheduled to open later this year in North Lebanon, Pennsylvania.