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Walmart to Add Four E-Commerce Warehouses to Speed Deliveries

Packages move along a conveyor belt inside a Wal-Mart Stores Inc. fulfillment center.

Packages move along a conveyor belt inside a Wal-Mart Stores Inc. fulfillment center.

Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Walmart Inc. will build four new e-commerce warehouses in a push to speed deliveries, using an automated system to pick out items while also creating more than 4,000 jobs.

In combination with traditional fulfillment centers, the new facilities will enable Walmart to reach 95% of the US population with next- or two-day shipping, according to a company statement Friday. That’s up from about 75% now, a company spokeswoman said.