The news comes as construction has now begun on Walmart Canada’s first fully-automated market fulfilment centre.
According to the retailer, the 22,000sq ft space will automate online grocery picking and dispensing with picking speeds up to six-times faster than manual store picking. The new fulfilment centre will also feature automated kiosks that serve as vending machines for online grocery orders. These kiosks can serve up to five customers simultaneously.
With ease for customers at the forefront of Walmart Canada’s plans, the new centre will allow customers to drive up to a dedicated parking spot, enter a code and wait for their ordered items which will appear in under two minutes. These can then be loaded into the customers car.
Horacio Barbeito, President and Chief Executive Officer at Walmart Canada said in a statement: “We are on a journey to be the number one e-commerce retailer in Canada. Our customers want choice of service and we see the demand for online shopping continue. We are ramping up our e-commerce offering with a focus on speed, accuracy and service.”
Walmart will be expanding their grocery pickup service to 60 more stores this year.