Walmart Is Testing a Giant Grocery Vending Machine
The new service allows customers to order their groceries online.
Not to be outdone by Amazon, Walmart is now piloting a pick-up grocery service.
The retail giant has started testing the new service with a self-serving kiosk stationed in the parking lot of its Warr Acres, Okla., store. Customers order groceries online and, after entering a special five-digit code, can pick them up at the kiosk, Business Insider reported.
While there is no extra cost to using the service, customers must purchase at least $30 worth of groceries to use the new option. More than 30,000 products are available for purchase through the self-service option, and freezers and fridges are used in the kiosk.
The new option from Walmart comes just after Amazon launched a self-serving grocery pick-up service in Seattle, called AmazonFresh Pickup. Like Walmart's service, customers can order their groceries online then travel to a store for pickup. Amazon's service differs from Walmart's in that the groceries will be brought to the car (a license plate scanner identifies the vehicle).
In an effort to bolster its presence online, Walmart also recently launched a home delivery service that uses its in-store employees to deliver items to customers while on their commute home. That service, however, doesn't include the delivery of perishable groceries.