Sam’s Club sets up technology hub in downtown Dallas

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Sam’s Club recently hired about 100 employees to work in its new downtown Dallas technology center. The tech employees are now working in South Lake in co-working spaces until the new offices are open at 603 Munger Ave., in the West End section of downtown.

Sam’s Club has reportedly leased 45,000 square-feet of space in the West End that is slated to open next month. Walmart said the new office is separate from other technology hubs in Bentonville and San Bruno, and it’s the one Sam’s Club office dedicated solely to technology.

In the past year, Walmart set up smaller technology hubs in Austin and Plano, Texas.  These hubs employ between 50 and 60 technology professionals who innovate for Walmart’s physical stores and supply chain. Walmart Labs Chief Technology Officer Jeremy King recently said the retailer plans to add around 2,000 jobs, full-and part-time jobs to its technology operations in Bentonville, San Bruno and Sunnyvale, Calif., Reston, Va., and Bangalore, India, over the next year.

King said the hiring plans will facilitate Walmart’s expansion of online grocery pickup. He said Walmart plans to continue optimizing the order picking process using machine-learning and other technologies that enhance shopper experiences. Walmart has not said how many of those new jobs will be added in Bentonville.

Walmart has long said it has multiple locations for its technology arm because it’s difficult to attract enough talent to the home base in Bentonville.