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Walmart Tests Grocery ATM

Walmart is testing a new way to appease online grocery shoppers that prefer self-service. The retail giant has rolled out an automated kiosk in Oklahoma City that allows shoppers to pick up groceries any day or time.

Here's how it works. Customers place and pay for orders online. Employees then select the products ordered and store the items in bins inside of the refrigerated kiosk. The customer can then walk up to a touchscreen and punch in a pickup code to retrieve their groceries.

Imagine it as a 20-by-80-foot vending machine style building in the parking lot of the Walmart supercenter at N Council and W Britton Roads in Oklahoma City.

More than 30,000 items, including fresh produce, meats, dairy products and organic groceries, can be ordered online for the same price they cost in the store and can be picked up free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The minimum purchase is $30, NewsOK reported.

Anne Hatfield, Walmart's director of communications, told NewsOK the store operates a similar kiosk concept in the United Kingdom.

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Here's how it works. Customers place and pay for orders online. Employees then select the products ordered and store the items in bins inside of the refrigerated kiosk. The customer can then walk up to a touchscreen and punch in a pickup code to retrieve their groceries.

Imagine it as a 20-by-80-foot vending machine style building in the parking lot of the Walmart supercenter at N Council and W Britton Roads in Oklahoma City.

More than 30,000 items, including fresh produce, meats, dairy products and organic groceries, can be ordered online for the same price they cost in the store and can be picked up free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The minimum purchase is $30, NewsOK reported.

Anne Hatfield, Walmart's director of communications, told NewsOK the store operates a similar kiosk concept in the United Kingdom.

Read Full Article