As technology improves, we see more and more big chains finding new ways to sell their products. In this case, Walmart is testing out an enormous retail vending machine in their stores to more efficiently get products to customers.
Walmart’s New Gimmick: A Retail Vending Machine
A 16-foot-tall and orange pillar is the new face of vending machines, at least in Walmart stores. Its purpose? “The hulking tower is designed to make a busy shopper’s life easier by stowing and retrieving online orders for a quick pickup.” Like a customer making a beeline for a customer service counter to return an item, this retail vending machine allows someone to order online and then visit the ‘tower’ to grab and go.
This certainly fits the theme of valuing convenience in America. But, what is the real motivation behind this invention? Some argue that it’s a necessity in order for stores like Walmart to compete with – you guessed it – Amazon. Since Amazon is the name in getting what you want with minimal effort, in-person stores have to make some changes to at least increase their own consumer experience.
Of course, this isn’t a perfect solution, if it’s a solution at all. Right now, the prototype retail vending machine is only in one store (though it is planned to be added into 100 by 2018). Also, there are restrictions on what items can be placed into the machine based on their weight and dimensions. This isn’t so surprising, considering that there is only so much room within even such a big ‘tower.’
Walmart has already been convenience-minded for some time, though, considering their previous efforts to institute drive-through windows in some stores. What will be next for this big chain? Only time and innovation will tell.
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