The Walmart Supercenter at 5588 Little Debbie Parkway in Ooltewah is the first to unveil the company's new Pickup Tower technology in the Chattanooga area. According to the National Retail Federation, 59 percent of consumers plan to shop online this holiday season. These 16-foot structures will make holiday shopping even easier, functioning like high-tech vending machines that can fulfill a customer’s online order in less than a minute, said officials.
“As technology changes, so does how we shop,” said Store Manager Todd Suchy. “The pilot phase for this Pickup Tower was so successful that Walmart is expanding it to additional locations across the country – and we’re proud to be the first in the Chattanooga area. We’re always exploring new ways to help customers save time and money.”
To use the Pickup Tower, customers choose from millions of items available on Walmart.com and select the Pickup option at checkout. When the item arrives at the local store, an associate loads it into the Pickup Tower and the customer retrieves it by scanning a bar code sent to their smartphone.
Pickup Towers are the latest example of Walmart’s commitment to digital acceleration and innovation, as well as convenience, helping customers save time and shop however, whenever, wherever they want, said officials.
In addition to Pickup Towers, other pickup offerings include free Online Grocery Pickup, Same-Day Pickup and the Walmart Pickup Discount.