Walmart continues to stay committed to providing their customers with the best – and fastest – shopping experience possible. As a leading innovator, Walmart is excited to announce today they are scaling the number of stores that will also serve as local fulfillment centers to speed up the Pickup and Delivery process for customers.
Tom Ward, SVP of Customer Product for Walmart, says "A local fulfillment center (LFC) is a compact, modular warehouse built within, or added to, a store. In addition to fresh and frozen items, LFCs can store thousands of the items we know customers want most, from consumables to electronics."
Ward also states that 'instead of an associate walking the store to fulfill an order from our shelves, automated bots retrieve the items from within the fulfillment center. The items are then brought to a picking workstation, where the order can be assembled with speed.'
He adds that 'once the order is collected, the system stores it until it’s ready for pick up. This whole process can take just a few minutes from the time the order is placed to the time it’s ready for a customer or delivery driver to collect.'
In some stores, according to Ward, automated pickup points will be added for 'ultimate convenience that allows customers and delivery drivers to drive up, scan a code, grab their order and go.'