MiamiHerald / Retail’s technological revolution is ushering in an era of enhancements – robotic, in some cases – for a stalwart of the industry: Walmart.
The company is testing shelf-scanning robots that can detect whether supplies are running low in aisles or if items are mislabeled or misplaced. Walmart has also started debuting “Pickup Towers,” 16-foot-tall vending machines that release items ordered online and designated for in-store pickup. Online Grocery Pickup allows customers to order their groceries online and then pick them up in store – without getting out of the car. Employees do the grocery shopping for customers and then bring the items to their vehicle.
The check-in screen for Walmart’s new pickup towers. Customers scan a barcode of their purchase receipt and the machine releases the item.