The Home Depot Expands Pro Ecosystem

The Home Depot is opening four new distribution centres, expanding its pro ecosystem to Detroit, southern Los Angeles, San Antonio and Toronto in 2024. The new facilities are a key component of The Home Depot's strategy to better serve pro customers – whether they're the pro customers that The Home Depot has traditionally served through the store, or pros working on larger, more complex projects.    

The new distribution centres will stock large, bulky merchandise like lumber, insulation, roofing shingles and more. With a network of distribution centres stocking a variety of product types, pros can order job lot quantities of the products they need to complete their entire projects, delivered directly to their job sites. The new distribution centres are expected to open in the first half of the year.

Along with its supplier partners, The Home Depot is working to build depth of inventory in each of its top pro markets, with job lot quantities that are meaningfully larger than what it has historically offered through its stores alone. In addition, when jobsite deliveries are fulfilled directly from a distribution centre, there is less congestion in local Home Depot stores from staged products in aisles and more inventory on hand to satisfy the needs of its in-store pro customers.

"Pros need a partner with the right product, depth of product, fulfilment capabilities, sales support and management tools to help them get their jobs done," said Chip Devine, senior vice president of outside sales for The Home Depot. "Over the last several years, we have been investing to deliver a faster, more convenient, differentiated experience for our pros. Our distribution network is one piece of the comprehensive pro ecosystem we're building to better meet the needs of this important customer."

The company has already opened similar pro-focused hubs across the U.S., and by the end of 2024, expects to have 17 of its top pro markets equipped with new capabilities for pros.