Walmart Is Testing Giant Grocery Vending Machines
How cool is this?
In attempt to create yet another way for customers to conveniently shop, Walmart is testing a new solution where customers can pick up online grocery orders through a giant self-serve vending machine.
That’s right, you can now get your entire grocery order right from a parking lot vending machine. You don’t even have to step foot inside the store to get your groceries.
Currently, the retail giant is only testing out the service in the parking lot of one of their Walmart SuperCenter locations in Warr Aches, Oklahoma, but depending on how the trial goes, we could see more popping up.
Similar to how you’d use their online grocery pick-up service, you shop and pay online. But instead of having an employee load your car, you step up to the giant self-serve kiosk.
The kiosks, equipped with a refrigerated section and a freezer, are about 20 feet by 8o feet in size.
Once you’re notified that your order is complete, all you need to do is type in a code (provided at checkout) at the kiosk and your order will be ready in less than 60 seconds. Talk about speedy service!
There is currently no cost for the service, but customers must spend at least $30 in order to use it. The kiosks will be open around the clock, so if you’re busy (um, who isn’t?) you can literally pick up your groceries in the middle of the night.
According to Walmart spokesman Scott Markley, the stores using this new innovative service will be able to fulfill hundreds of orders on any given day.
And just because you’re getting your order out of a parking lot kiosk, don’t be fooled: You’ll still have the same selection that’s available to customers who choose to shop in the store. With more than 30,000 grocery items available online, you’ll have plenty of options.
“Especially for busy families with kids, grocery shopping used to take a couple of hours on the weekend,” Markley told Simplemost. “You can now pick up your groceries in just a few minutes and have more time back in your day.”
We’re into it!