First Look as Walmart plans an estimated $69M in Alabama store renovations

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) –  The following is a press release from Walmart Inc.

Building on its commitment to save customers time and money in new ways, Walmart expects to spend an estimated $69 million this year in Alabama through the remodeling of 14 stores, as well as the launch and continued expansion of several customer-focused innovations.

“At Walmart, we make a continual commitment to improve and innovate shopper experiences each and every day,” said Regional General Manager Annemarie Browning. “With investments in innovations like grocery pickup, grocery delivery and the installation of Pickup Towers, we can better serve our customers to save them time and money. The excellent customer service provided by our associates complement the technological innovations, creating a seamless and convenient experience for shoppers across Alabama.” 

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2019 Walmart Remodels in Alabama

Walmart plans to remodel stores in the following locations:


·         973 Gilbert Ferry Road Southeast, Attalla

·         701 McMeans Avenue, Bay Minette

·         750 Academy Drive, Bessemer

·         2473 Hackworth Road, Birmingham

·         3300 South Oates Street, Dothan

·         3100 Hough Road, Florence

·         501 Willow Lane, Greenville

·         1801 Highway 78 East, Jasper

·         92 Plaza Lane, Oxford

·         1537 South US Highway 231, Ozark

·         685 Schillinger Road South, Mobile

·         8650 Madison Boulevard, Madison

·         1970 South University Boulevard, Mobile

·         214 Haynes Street, Talladega

2019 Walmart Innovations in Alabama

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. The following are examples of the customer-focused innovations that will be expanded this year in Alabama.

Grocery Pickup – Busy customers love Walmart’s grocery pickup option, It gives them the convenience of shopping online additional cost. Walmart plans to expand the popular program to more than 27 additional stores across the state by the end of the year. The company also recently introduced Walmart Voice Order which allows a customer to simply say ” Hey Google talk to Walmart” and the Google Assistant will add items directly to their Walmart Grocery Cart.

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 22 stores, increasing its coverage area in the state.

Walmart Pickup Towers – Walmart Pickup Towers are 16-feet tall, high-tech vending machines capable of fulfilling a customer’s online order in less than a minute once they arrive at the store. It’s easy to do — once the order is ready, Step up to the Pickup tower and scan the barcode sent to your smartphone to retrieve your item. This year Walmart plans to add 16 Pickup Towers to stores across the state.

Fast Unloader – Today, the 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 station 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. The year, Walmart plans to expand the technology to 27 stores across the state.

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 43 stores across the state this year.

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