New York Walmart will use robots to meet the surge in online orders in the US.
The company said on Wednesday it has a plan to build warehouses in its stores where self-propelled robots will bring food orders and get them ready for customers within an hour or less.
Walmart declined to say how many warehouses it would build, but it did start operating in stores in Louisville, Texas; Plano, Texas; American Fork, Utah; And Bentonville, Arkansas, where the company is headquartered. Over a year ago, he opened a pilot site in Salem, New Hampshire.
The company hopes that wineries will speed up the process of delivering products to customers’ cars when they arrive for pick-up. This option, along with deliveries, became popular as customers avoided entering stores. At the start of the pandemic last year, Walmart said that home deliveries and out-of-store pickup sales were up 300%.
Walmart said robots will not be roaming the aisles. And it will remain inside the warehouses established in separate areas, either inside or near the store. There will be some windows for clients to see how the robots work.
Wheeled robots transport boxes of applesauce, cereals, and other small products to workers who package them. Rival Amazon uses similar technology in its warehouse, with robots delivering books and other small items to workers who package and ship them.
Walmart said robots save time because employees do not need to walk the aisles, but workers will have to enter the store to get fresh foods like meat, fish and vegetables. They will also have to collect televisions and other items that robots cannot transport due to their size.