Walmart Canada will be offering more services and introducing its pickup and delivery service to more areas.
Walmart Canada has begun construction on its first automated fulfillment centre in Scarborough, Ont. This 22,000 sq ft facility will automate online grocery picking and have automated kiosks that can serve five customers at the same time.
Customers will be able to park, enter a code and items will appear within two minutes. This service, in partnership with Dematic, will be available later this year.
Walmart Canada will also be expanding grocery pickup to 60 more stores this year.
“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 continuing,” says Horacio Barbeito, president and chief executive officer of Walmart Canada.
It will also be piloting ring scanner technology to allow hands-free scanning.
“Innovation is not a department, it’s a mindset and one everyone at Walmart Canada takes very seriously because that’s what our customers want,” says Sam Wankowski, chief operations officer of Walmart Canada.
Walmart says it will double the number of stores that offer ship to store, so customers can order directly from a local store.