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Local Walmart installs massive pickup tower

December 17, 2018

DeKALB – Walmart has installed a 16-foot tower toward the front of its local store to make holiday shopping easier than ever, according to a news release.

The newest feature at the DeKalb Walmart Supercenter, 2300 Sycamore Road, operates like a high-tech vending machine for shoppers who purchase items online and opt for in-store pickup.

The pickup tower adds to Walmart’s recent emphasis on free online grocery pickup service, another initiative geared to provide convenience to shoppers.

It works like this: Customers who buy items online can choose the in-store pickup option when they check out. A Walmart associate will then process the order in-store and load the package in the tower. The customer will then receive a bar code sent to their smartphone, which they can scan directly at the tower upon pickup.

Shoppers are then able to grab their orders directly from the giant vending machine, and be on their way.

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