|American multinational retail company Walmart announced that it will be piloting the use of retrieval and storage robotics, which they call as Alphabot / Photo by Shutterstock.com|
American multinational retail company Walmart announced that it will be piloting the use of retrieval and storage robotics, which they call as Alphabot. The purpose of this machine is to speed up the online grocery order pickup.
In a post published by the retail company, they said that they are teaming up with startup Alert Innovation to improve their grocery pickup service. While they believe that their online grocery service is already a huge hit and are helping their customers conveniently and quickly order groceries online, they want to make the process even easier. This will be possible by Alphabot as it will automatically bring the item from the storage to the personnel assigned to consolidate the items.
For their pickup associates, Walmart reported that it will also mean less time walking in the store aisles while searching for the products. In the same way, they are ensuring that their customers will get fresh meats or produce.
The robot is not the only technology that they will introduce. The company likewise noted that they will have automated shelf-scanner to help people determine out-of-stock items, missing labels, or incorrect pricing. With the help of the robot, they are expecting that their associates will focus more on selling and service because the technology handles the repeatable and more mundane tasks.
“We plan to have Alphabot online and running by the end of the year,” the company announced. In the meantime, though, shoppers in their Salem store can expect a regular pickup service.