Walmart Inc. announced yesterday it is expanding its Pickup Towers, adding more than 500 of the towers to stores across the country, bringing the total to more than 700 by the end of the year. The towers are automated machines located in Walmart stores that allow a shopper to pick up her online order by scanning a bar code that Walmart sends to her smartphone. With this expansion, the towers will be available to nearly 40% of the U.S. population, Walmart says.
Walmart, No. 3 in the Internet Retailer 2017 Top 500, began testing the towers in 2016 and has now rolled them out to nearly 200 stores. Consumers have picked up more than half a million orders through the towers since it first started testing them, Walmart said in a blog post yesterday.. . . more