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Sweetwater expands distribution operations west

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Inside Indiana Business) – Fort Wayne-based Sweetwater says it will open a 350,000-square-foot distribution center in Glendale, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix. It is the company’s first fulfillment facility outside of Allen County.

The musical instrument and audio equipment e-commerce retailer says the operations in Arizona will speed up deliveries to the western U.S.

“The opening of this new fulfillment center is one more way for us to provide the exceptional experience our customers have come to know and love,” said President & CEO John Hopkins. “Those who live in the western part of the country often have to wait several days for their orders to arrive from our facility in Indiana. This will change that dramatically.”

The company says it will be integrating state-of the-art technology into the new facility to improve shipping efficiency.

Sweetwater says it will begin hiring to fill as many as 165 positions this summer. The Arizona fulfillment center should be operational by October.​

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1 comment

brettt June 10, 2022 at 12:28 pm

Are people just that impatient?
If you ship something 1500+ miles away, you really should expect this to take “several” days.
They should be happy we don’t just throw it on a rail car.

Is this a way to remain competitive?
I could see this as a means to maintain an online presence. And, Logistically!
From a logistics point of view, this prolly makes a lot of sense. If sales are high out west, they could save a bundle in shipping charges.
But why Arizona?
Wouldn’t your best location be centralised in Nebraska, a distribution point?
Right, for the western’ers… well, why not Reno, Nevada? You’d get good coverage there.

Does Mr. John need a reason to head to Arizona? Maybe keep an eye on the Distribution centre in the Winter time? Wonder if he knows that you can golf year round, down there?

I’m just saying .. Seems a little shady..


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