Walmart pickup tower

Walmart is adding hundreds of Pickup Tower locations at its stores in the U.S. By year’s end, the company plans to have a total of 700 of the kiosks deployed, according to a report in Fortune.

The 16-foot kiosks, introduced in 2016, enable customers to pick up items they previously ordered online. Walmart says that so far, customers have placed more than half a million orders through the devices. The units can hold items as large as TVs, Walmart says.

The Pickup Towers are Walmart’s answer to competitors such as Amazon, whose Instant Pickup vending machine program and recently launched Hub delivery lockers have also been developed to meet growing demand for online ordering.

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