Walmart Goes Local
Walmart plans to increase the number of local fulfillment centers across the United States, which it will build inside or near existing retail locations. This localized approach mirrors Amazon’s strategy, as both companies face off amid surging demand for online orders.
Walmart opened its first fulfillment center in 2019 in New Hampshire when the retail giant piloted the concept. These facilities use wheeled robots, called Alphabots, to pick items and prepare online orders.
While the Alphabots retrieve boxed or frozen items, Walmart’s human employees pick fresh meat and produce, as well as larger items.