After unveiling plans to spend $73 million in Louisiana stores this year, Walmart is announcing the arrival of a high-tech Pickup Tower at the Denham Springs Supercenter on LA-16, providing customers with a new, exciting way to shop. The Pickup Tower is a 16-foot structure that functions like a high-tech vending machine and can fulfill a customer’s online order in less than a minute. This popular customer convenience is part of Walmart’s commitment to lead retail innovation that save customers time and money.
The addition of the Pickup Tower at the Denham Springs Supercenter is just one of 17 Pickup Towers that will be added to Walmart stores across Louisiana this year. It is part of Walmart’s plan to spend an estimated $73 million this year in Louisiana through the remodeling of 15 stores and continued expansion of several innovations that save customers time and money.
“Simple and easy to use, the Pickup Tower will save Denham Springs customers time when shopping at Walmart,” said Denham Springs Store Manager Dana Varisco. “We’re excited to bring this new innovation into our store and bring added convenience to shoppers’ busy lives.”
How Walmart Pickup Towers Work:
- Simply choose from millions of items available on Walmart.com and select the “Pickup” option at checkout.
- When the item arrives at your local store, an associate loads it into the Pickup Tower and you will receive a notification.
- When you arrive at the store, step up to the Pickup Tower and scan the barcode sent to your smartphone.
In addition to Pickup Towers, Walmart will continue to innovate to help customers save time and money by creating a seamless shopping experience that gives them the options to shop when, where and how they want.
- Online Grocery Pickup – Busy customers love Walmart’s grocery pickup option, which combines the convenience of shopping online and the ease of quickly picking up groceries without having to leave their cars. The best part: it’s all at no additional cost. Walmart plans to expand the popular program to 23 stores across Louisiana by the end of the year.
- Grocery Delivery – Walmart’s convenient grocery delivery service is also proving to be a hit with customers. This year, Walmart plans to add the service to 25 Louisiana stores, increasing its coverage area in the state.
- Autonomous Shelf Scanner – These scanners use automation to scan shelves and help identify where in-stock levels are low, prices are wrong, or labels are missing. In addition, the scanners provide a real-time view of inventory in the store– information used to direct associates to the areas of the store that need the most attention. This year, Walmart plans to expand the technology to four additional stores across Louisiana
- FAST Unloader – Today, product is unloaded as it arrives at the store through a complex, highly manual process that has seen little innovation over the last 50 years – until now. A new system in Walmart backrooms – known as FAST – automatically scans and sorts items that come off trucks based on priority and department, allowing associates to spend less time unloading in the backroom and more time on the sales floor with customers. This year, Walmart plans to expand the technology to 33 stores in Louisiana.
- Autonomous Floor Scrubber – The autonomous floor scrubber uses assisted autonomy technology to perform the task of cleaning and scrubbing the concrete floors in stores.The company plans to expand the technology to 40 stores across Louisiana this year.