TOYS“R”US, INC. ANNOUNCES PLANS TO OPEN NEW E-COMMERCE DISTRIBUTION CENTER NEAR RENO, NEVADA TO SUPPORT THE COMPANY’S EXPANDING ONLINE BUSINESS
Creating Hundreds of Jobs in Nevada, the McCarran Fulfillment Center Will Service Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com Customers Seamlessly Across the Western Region of the United States
WAYNE, NJ (April 20, 2011) – Toys“R”Us, Inc. today announced plans to open a new e-commerce distribution center near Reno, NV to support the company’s growing online business. The dedicated e-commerce fulfillment center will be located within the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center in the town of McCarran, approximately 10 miles east of Reno, and is scheduled to open in July 2011. The McCarran distribution center will employ approximately 350 full- and part-time associates at the peak of the holiday season. Once operational, the 300,000-square-foot facility will enable Toys“R”Us® to increase its fulfillment capacity and expedite deliveries to online customers in the western United States.
“As more consumers enjoy the simplicity and ease of online shopping, Toys“R”Us continues to invest in e-commerce enhancements to advance customer service and satisfaction across all shopping channels. We believe the McCarran facility will play an important role in further accelerating our company’s online business growth and order fulfillment,” said Jerry Storch, Chairman and CEO, Toys“R”Us, Inc. “With 10 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores already located in Nevada, we are pleased to expand our presence by opening our company’s first distribution center in the state and are proud to create more jobs in Storey County.”
The McCarran distribution center will support the growing Toys“R”Us e-commerce business, which is fueled by the company’s multi-channel strategy, allowing customers to shop seamlessly in stores, online and engage with Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us® from anywhere, including mobile devices. Once the distribution center becomes functional, the company will have a total of 12 facilities for store distribution and e-commerce fulfillment, all catering to customer service and satisfaction. The McCarran distribution center will be operated by Toys“R”Us and will be wholly dedicated to Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com orders.
Following an extensive search of potential sites in the western United States, McCarran, NV was selected for its optimal location to the nearby city of Reno. With easy access to interstate transportation networks, the McCarran distribution center will enable shipments to reach destinations throughout the west within two business days or less by means of major carriers’ ground-shipping methods.
“The state of Nevada is pleased to welcome Toys“R”Us to Storey County and is delighted that the company will continue to serve as a strong corporate partner in the greater-Reno community. As I’ve said before, the key to Nevada’s future success lies in economic development and job creation and with the opening of this facility, we look forward to an increase in both of these important segments,” said Brian Sandoval, Governor of Nevada.
Mr. Storch added, “On behalf of Toys“R”Us, I would like to thank Governor Sandoval, along with the Northern Nevada Development Authority, the Nevada Commission on Economic Development and the Storey County Community Development Department for their continued support and commitment to the development of the McCarran distribution center. We are proud to become a member of the Storey County community.”
The Toys“R”Us distribution center will reside in a newly constructed warehouse, which was built according to a prototype that received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) initial certification at the Gold level from the United States Green Building Council. The McCarran facility is being constructed to suit high-tech innovations in warehouse control technology that will streamline both inbound and outbound transport. The site will also employ an effective, efficient shipping process and utilize a state-of-the-art robotic picking system to move and complete outbound orders.
In advance of the McCarran fulfillment center’s opening, Toys“R”Us, Inc., which employs approximately 70,000 associates worldwide, has begun accepting applications for management positions. The application process for hourly positions will begin in June. The company seeks to employ more than 120 full- and part-time associates at the distribution center and will add approximately 230 seasonal positions later this year to help fulfill orders throughout the holiday season. Candidates seeking employment can visit RUsCareers.com for more information, as well as a list of available positions.
About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and juvenile products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 868 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, and in more than 520 international stores and over 200 licensed stores in 33 countries and jurisdictions. In addition, it exclusively operates the legendary FAO Schwarz brand and sells extraordinary toys in the brand’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com, Babiesrus.com, eToys.com, FAO.com and babyuniverse.com, it provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Toys“R”Us, Inc. employs approximately 70,000 associates worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need.
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