VIDEO: How Walmart's Grocery ATM Works
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart, the Bentonville-based retail giant, now has an automated kiosk for grocery pickup in Oklahoma City. Like other click-and-collect programs, Walmart customers can select items online to be picked up at the kiosk. The difference is that pickup can happen anytime.
The kiosk, which works as a kind of grocery ATM, lets shoppers pick up their groceries no matter the time or day of the week, according to Mashable. It holds more than 30,000 grocery items, including fresh produce, meat and dairy.
After an order is placed, an employee prepares it and places the ordered items in bins within the refrigerated kiosk. A code entered via a touchscreen enables customers to pick up their respective orders.
Walmart is not currently charging for the convenient kiosk click-and-collect test program. However, customers are required to have a $30 minimum order to utilize it, according to media reports.
Measuring 20 feet by 80 feet, the kiosk is located in the parking lot at the Oklahoma City Walmart Supercenter at N. Council and W. Britton roads.
As Amazon continues its foray into the broader retail market, competitors like Walmart are trying to hold their ground by exploring new avenues for growth. Walmart’s grocery ATM serves as a pushback both to Amazon’s entry into brick-and-mortar retail with Amazon Go, as well as the e-commerce giant’s entry into the grocery market with AmazonFresh.
Bentonville-based Walmart has more than 11,539 stores under 63 banners in 28 countries, and e-commerce websites in 11 countries.
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