Walmart Stock wants to upgrade their supreme advantage, retail stores, to gear up their stocks. This revamping is being done to give stiff competition to the largest e-commerce stock, Amazon in the coming age of retail.
Walmart Stock is planning on refurbishing four ‘brick and mortar’ sites. John Crecelius, Senior Vice President of next-gen stores of Walmart US made an announcement on his blog that this move will be unique and profitable. He wrote that the four test locations will function as retail stores as well as centers for online shopping.
Crecelius also added the lucrative and flexible assets owned by Walmart Stock that is being prepared to begin a new era. This dual facility of the retail and online center will be innovative and next-level.
Currently, Walmart stores have 4,700 stores allowing 90% of US citizens, easy access to their service.
Innovations by Walmart Stock
The trial stores of Walmart will be a rapid example of a dynamic facility. The product team well as the technological squad will always be situated on the site which has never happened. Associates will be engaged in innovative testing, virtual tools, test first-hand technology, and physical developments in the very testing stores. The entire trial and experimentation process will take place beside the retail facility.
The location of the first trial store is in Bentonville (#2686) and the second in Springdale (#4108), both in Northwest Arkansas. The two other store locations remain to be declared later.
Crecelius also stated that the most important challenge for Walmart Stock is to cater to both retail and online customers equally.
The advantages of the dual store will be for both the customers and Walmart Stock. A product that is unavailable or inaccessible online can be picked by the customer in a retail facility. This benefit has already enhanced by 20% in several categories. Many products are flying out faster than before.
The inventory organization procedure is taking place at high speed at the back of the retail facility. This is a very laborious and demanding job because every product has to be registered with a barcode outside the box to keep track and compare the sales. During a test run, Walmart Stock has created a novel app that facilitates an assistant to cross-check a specific product by scanning the barcode with a handheld gadget. This device will be able to detect the product already prepared to be put up for sale. This multi-purpose app will be implemented in all the Walmart Stock stores by the beginning of next year, as notified by Crecelius.
Another beneficial change made by Walmart is eliminating the lane while checkout. Presently, Walmart is also considering contactless shopping possibilities due to the new normal after the COVID-19 pandemic.