Walmart Labs Expands Operations in North County

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The nation’s largest retailer is banking on San Diego’s tech talent to stay competitive.

Walmart’s tech arm, Walmart Labs, is expanding its local footprint.

The company just moved into a new 30,000 square foot space at the MAKE building in Carlsbad and is looking to more than double its workforce.

Senior Director of Engineering Claude Jones said Walmart Labs works to bridge the physical stores with the online digital experience.

“We develop internal tools and systems that help power our online groceries site, our retail site Walmart.com and also power our in-store technology,” said Jones.

Jones said the company is growing its local operation for a number of reasons, including the untapped tech talent in the area. He said the weather and proximity to the beach and other major attractions are also a big draw when it comes to recruiting top talent from other locations.

“Walmart believes that San Diego is the next big tech hub, tech community, and we want to be able to help stimulate that job market,” Jones said.

The company is adding 110 high-tech positions to its current staff of 70.

“It’s the full gamut. We’re looking at front-end engineering, back-end engineering, mobile development. We’re getting into machine learning, AI, so we’re really excited about expanding the office here,” Jones said.

To learn more about Walmart Labs and the opportunities available at the Carlsbad location, click here.

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