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Walmart is doubling down on micro-fulfillment centers and working with these 3 startups to cut down on delivery times

Walmart is doubling down on micro-fulfillment centers and working with these 3 startups to cut down on delivery times

Walmart will be leveraging its fleet of stores in the push for faster fulfillment.
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Walmart is doubling down on micro-warehouses within its own stores.




The company announced that it is "scaling" its local fulfillment centers within stores, adding dozens to its fleet after a successful pilot in New Hampshire.




To reap the benefits of micro warehousing, Walmart is relying on three companies: Alert Innovation, Dematic and Fabric.




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Walmart is embracing micro-warehousing technology across its stores, in order to dominate competitors like Amazon and Target in the push for faster, cheaper fulfillment.The company launched its first "local fulfillment center" in Salem, New Hampshire, back in 2019. At this store, a fleet of personal shoppers gathers items for robots to assemble for online pickup or delivery orders . Now, Walmart is expanding this tech venture.Speaking on a call with reporters on Tuesday, Tom Ward, Walmart's senior vice president of customer product, announced that the retailer will open dozens of small fulfillment centers - stocked with thousands of products, and cloistered away from the sales floor - within its existing stores. Walmart locations doubling as local fulfillment centers will see orders of fresh and frozen food items - as well as other categories like electronics - collected and stored for pickup. The fulfillment centers will either be constructed within Walmart locations, or added as an extension of the store, according to the company. As is the case in the Salem, New Hampshire, store, automated robots will be located inside fulfillment centers away from the public to complete orders.
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