What will probably be the largest laundry load ever washed is coming to North Texas. The fashionistas over at Rent the Runway have opened the ‘country’s largest dry cleaner’ at their new fulfillment center in Arlington—the largest for the company so far.
The New York-based stylish subscription service is known for pioneering apparel rentals with its seemingly endless stock of designer styles for nearly every occasion. Customers are able to rent specific items for a select time, get a rotating wardrobe on a constant loop, or swap out pieces each month. Ultimately, its mission is to empower women to “feel their best every day.”
The 300,000-square-foot facility, located on Bardin Road, has been open for the past month, but was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting on Thursday.
With its new digs, Rent the Runway plans to contribute locally by creating more than 500 jobs by the end of this year. It’s the second of its kind for the company (the other is located in New Jersey), which will allow for more inventory and a larger physical footprint.
And, because of the new fulfillment center’s more central location, shorter turn-around times will be available for members ordering from nearby regions.
Rent the Runway says its the only company in the world that’s able to process 100 percent of its returns in a zero-day turnaround time.
The heightened capabilities of the new center is anchored by its “proprietary reverse logistics data and technology that fully optimizes user experiences.” Sophisticated automation and a complex back-end system—all built in-house—powers the rental reservations, returns processing, order fulfillments, and the overall customer experience.
Marv Cunningham, Rent the Runway’s chief supply officer, said as the company continues to grow, the team was looking for locations that could help accelerate such momentum.
“We were attracted to Dallas’ strong talent pool as well as it’s unique position geographically, which allows us to further serve our West Coast and Southern members,” Cunningham said. “Rent the Runway looks forward to becoming an active member in the Arlington, TX community.”
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