As part of upgrades at the Walmart location in Pewaukee,
a 16foot Pickup Tower will be installed. Once an order
is ready, the customer can approach the Pickup Tower and
scan the barcode sent to their smartphone to retrieve
MILWAUKEE — Many retailers are
implementing alternative services to provide customers to stay
viable, and Walmart is no different, opting to invest $60.9 million
this year in 11 of its Wisconsin stores, including in Pewaukee,
Mukwonago, Germantown, Watertown and Greenfield.
In addition to renovations, some stores will be getting robotic
floor scrubbers to help keep them a little cleaner.
“At Walmart, we strive to invest in technologies and innovations
that improve the retail experience by empowering our associates and
saving our customers time and money,” said Chad Holz, Walmart
regional general manager in Wisconsin, in a statement. “By
continuing to introduce new initiatives in Wisconsin — including
Pickup Towers, Online Grocery Pickup and Grocery Delivery — as well
as updating our existing stores to improve the overall shopping
experience, we are proud to help our customers shop where and when
The Pewaukee store at 411 Pewaukee Road will get a remodel this year
and receive a Pickup Tower.
Walmart Pickup Towers are 16-feet tall, high-tech vending machines
capable of fulfilling a customer’s online order in less than a
minute once they arrive at the store, according to the company. Once
an order is ready, the customer can approach the Pickup Tower and
scan the barcode sent to their smartphone to retrieve their item. In
2019, Walmart plans to add 20 Pickup Towers to stores across the
While Pewaukee is not slated to receive an autonomous floor
scrubber, several other area stores will, including Greenfield,
Mukwonago, Germantown and Watertown. They’ll get the technology
later this year or early 2020. The autonomous floor scrubber uses
assisted autonomy technology to perform the task of cleaning and
scrubbing the concrete floors in stores. The company plans to expand
the technology to 29 stores across Wisconsin this year.
According to the company, Walmart will continue to innovate and
wants to create a seamless shopping experience for its customers.
It will also offer in Wisconsin grocery pickup, which provides the
convenience of shopping online and the ease of quickly picking up
groceries without having to leave a car. Also, Walmart is offering a
grocery delivery service, which it will add to the 11 stores in
Wisconsin it is investing in.
In 2019, Walmart will expand its FAST Unloader technology to 38
stores across Wisconsin.
A new system in Walmart backrooms, known as FAST, automatically
scans and sorts items that come off trucks based on priority and
department, allowing employees to spend less time unloading in the
backroom and more time on the sales floor with customers.