Grocery Shopping at Walmart Is Going to Get a Lot More Efficient

published Jun 15, 2017
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Walmart is experimenting with making grocery shopping more efficient than ever for the consumer. The budget retailer has rolled out self-service kiosks — or giant 20-foot-by-80-foot vending machines — for all your grocery needs.

While the concept already exists in the United Kingdom, the first U.S. testing location is the parking lot of a Walmart Supercenter in Warr Acres, Oklahoma. The 1,600-square-foot outpost — it comes equipped with refrigerators and freezers to keep perishable items fresh, reports Business Insider — can store up to 30,000 items and is able to fulfill hundreds of orders throughout the day.

Unlike a vending machine, you don’t have to make your purchase in real life. Customers can place their order online and then pick them up at the kiosk. By the pickup time, employees at Walmart will have gathered your items, packed them, and placed them in the outpost. When you’re at the location for pickup, enter your custom code and retrieve your order within a minute.

The service doesn’t have an add-on convenience charge for your streamlined shopping experience, but there is a $30 minimum order requirement. The kiosk will also be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“Especially for busy families with kids, grocery shopping used to take a couple of hours on the weekend,” Walmart spokesman Scott Markley says in a statement. “You can now pickup your groceries in just a few minutes and have more time back in your day.”

What’s more, at three Toledo-area stores the company is offering a free pickup service that doesn’t require the consumer to leave the comfort of their car. Simply place an order online, show up and park at a designated spot, and an employee will deliver the goods to your vehicle.