Look inside Home Depot’s massive new distribution centre, which can hold up to 75 flatbed trucks

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A Home Depot spokesperson told Business Insider that the company is striving to give customers ‘the fastest, most efficient delivery in home improvement.’ Courtesy of Home Depot
  • Home Depot opened up a flatbed distribution centre in Dallas in January.
  • The Dallas Morning News’ Maria Halkias was first to report on the new centre and what it means for the home improvement retailer’s supply chain strategy.
  • Home Depot provided Business Insider with pictures from inside the sprawling centre.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Home Depot opened a 800,000-square-foot flatbed distribution centre in Dallas as part of its ongoing supply chain overhaul.

“The Dallas region is a key hub for Home Depot’s supply chain and our national delivery strategy,” a Home Depot spokesperson told Business Insider. “This new type of centre is key to helping us reach our goal of same day/next day delivery to 90% of the US.”

The Dallas Morning News’ Maria Halkias was first to report from within the new centre on January 28. Home Depot subsequently shared more pictures of the new centre with Business Insider.

A Home Depot spokesperson told Business Insider that the centre will employ around 90 workers. Photos from within the space show a massive warehouse filled with pallets of materials and large flatbed trucks. The spokesperson said that the company plans on opening over 20 more such centres over the next few years.

“The new [flatbed distribution centres] help us serve our pros with fast and reliable delivery directly to their job sites,” the spokesperson said. “They also help us improve the customer experience across the board, as we are able to alleviate pressure from the stores by delivering bulk items from our FDCs instead of from stores.”

Take a look inside Home Depot’s new distribution centre:


The Dallas Morning News reported that the new centre is a crucial part of Home Depot’s strategy of investing $US1.2 billion into its supply chain over the next five years.

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Inside Home Depot’s flatbed distribution centre in Dallas. Courtesy of Home Depot

Source: The Dallas Morning News


Home Depot SVP of supply chain Stephanie Smith told The Dallas Morning News that the new centre provides the company with the opportunity to own its entire supply chain.

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Inside Home Depot’s flatbed distribution centre in Dallas. Courtesy of Home Depot

Source: The Dallas Morning News


The new distribution centre takes up nearly 800,000 square feet, according to a Home Depot spokesperson.

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Inside Home Depot’s flatbed distribution centre in Dallas. Courtesy of Home Depot

Source: The Dallas Morning News


The Dallas Morning News reported that the new centre features a rail line and can fit up to 10 rail cars inside …

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Inside Home Depot’s flatbed distribution centre in Dallas. Courtesy of Home Depot

Source: The Dallas Morning News


… as well as 65 to 75 flatbed trucks. A Home Depot spokesperson said the space is “big enough to simultaneously load and unload up to 32 flatbed trucks indoors.”

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Inside Home Depot’s flatbed distribution centre in Dallas. Courtesy of Home Depot

Source: The Dallas Morning News


A Home Depot spokesperson said that the centre will predominantly distribute “building supplies, lumber, and job completers – think big, bulky items like lumber, concrete blocks, and pavers.”

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Inside Home Depot’s flatbed distribution centre in Dallas. Courtesy of Home Depot

Smith told The Dallas Morning News that the new centre is primarily focused on helping the company meet the needs of consumers — especially pro customers.

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Inside Home Depot’s flatbed distribution centre in Dallas. Courtesy of Home Depot

Source: The Dallas Morning News


“Customer expectations are definitely rising, and pros want speed and reliable service,” Smith told the Dallas newspaper.

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Inside Home Depot’s flatbed distribution centre in Dallas. Courtesy of Home Depot

Source: The Dallas Morning News


A Home Depot spokesperson confirmed that pros make up only 4% of the company’s customer base, but account for 45% of its annual sales.

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Inside Home Depot’s flatbed distribution centre in Dallas. Courtesy of Home Depot

Source: Pro Sales Magazine, The Dallas Morning News


But the distribution centre won’t be the only Home Depot hub in the area for long.

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Inside Home Depot’s flatbed distribution centre in Dallas. Courtesy of Home Depot

Source: The Dallas Morning News


An additional 1.6-million-square-foot online fulfillment centre is in the works next door.

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Inside Home Depot’s flatbed distribution centre in Dallas. Courtesy of Home Depot

Source: The Dallas Morning News


“We’re investing to provide customers with the fastest, most efficient delivery in home improvement,” a Home Depot spokesperson said in a statement to Business Insider.

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Inside Home Depot’s flatbed distribution centre in Dallas. Courtesy of Home Depot

Source: The Dallas Morning News

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