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Walmart Plans Estimated $96 Million in Indiana Store Improvements and Innovations in 2019

April 10, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 10, 2019--Building on its commitment to save customers time and money in new ways, Walmart expects to spend an estimated $96,127,500 million this year in Indiana through the remodeling of 19 stores, as well as the launch and continued expansion of several customer-focused innovations.

“Hoosier customers have taken quickly to Online Grocery Pickup and to our Walmart Pickup Towers as these developments have begun to roll out across the state,” said regional vice president of operations Rodney Walker. “Walmart is committed to convenience, and we look forward to expanding these technologies and more in 2019.”

2019 Walmart Remodels in Indiana:

Walmart plans to remodel stores in the following locations:

Remodels

  • 650 Kimmel Road, Vincennes
  • 2460 E Wabash, Frankfort
  • 4040 North Newton Street, Jasper
  • 2501 Walton Blvd., Warsaw
  • 567 Ivy Tech Drive, Madison
  • 3335 S Red Bank Road, Evansville
  • 410 Grand Valley Blvd., Martinsville
  • 1351 Veterans Parkway, Clarksville (*complete)
  • 4801 W Clara Lane, Muncie
  • 2016 N Wayne Street, Angola
  • 3167 S State Road 3, New Castle
  • 2505 N Oak Drive, Plymouth
  • 3313 W State Road 45, Bloomington
  • 735 N Gospel Street, Paoli
  • 175 Country Road #6 West, Elkhart
  • 2100 N Main Street, Bluffton
  • 8599 High Pointe Drive, Newburgh
  • 950 Highway 80 E, Clinton (*complete)
  • 3805 S Keystone Avenue, Indianapolis

2019 Walmart Innovations in Indiana

Walmart will continue to innovate to help customers save time and money by creating a seamless shopping experience that gives them the options to shop when, where and how they want. The following are examples of the customer-focused innovations that will be expanded this year in Indiana.

1. Grocery Pickup

  • Busy customers love Walmart’s grocery pickup option. It gives them the convenience of shopping online and the ease of quickly picking up groceries without having to leave their cars. The best part: it’s all at no additional cost. Walmart plans to expand the popular program to more than 40 stores across the state by the end of the year. The company also recently introduced Walmart Voice Order, which allows customers to simply say “Hey Google, talk to Walmart” and the Google Assistant will add items directly to their Walmart Grocery cart.

2. Grocery Delivery

  • Walmart’s convenient grocery delivery service is also proving to be a hit with customers. This year, Walmart plans to add the service to 36 stores, increasing its coverage area in the state.

3. Walmart Pickup Towers

  • 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. It’s easy to do-- once the order is ready, step up to the Pickup Tower and scan the barcode sent to your smartphone to retrieve your item. This year, Walmart plans to add 22 Pickup Towers to stores across the state.

4. FAST Unloader

  • Today, product is unloaded as it arrives at the store through a complex, highly manual process that has seen little innovation over the last 50 years – until now. A new system in Walmart backrooms - known as FAST- automatically scans and sorts items that come off trucks based on priority and department, allowing associates to spend less time unloading in the backroom and more time on the sales floor with customers. This year, Walmart plans to expand the technology to 44 stores across the state.

5. Autonomous Floor Scrubber

  • 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 51 stores across the state this year.

Background and Context

  • Capital and Innovation Expenditure: The estimated spend in the state this fiscal year(Feb. 1, 2019 – Jan. 31, 2020) is a portion of Walmart’s total capital expenditure guidance of approximately $11.0 billion for Fiscal Year 2020, which was outlined last October at the company’s annual meeting for the investment community and reiterated in February 2019.
  • National Innovation Expansion Strategy: Nationwide this fiscal year Walmart plans to add an additional 1,200 autonomous floor scrubbers, 300 autonomous shelf-scanners, 1,200 FAST unloaders and 900 Pickup Towers to stores across the country. Also, the company plans to expand Online Grocery Pickup to an additional 1,000 stores and add another 800 stores across the country to the retailer’s Grocery Delivery footprint.

About Walmart in Indiana

Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online and through their mobile devices. In Indiana, we serve customers at 128 retail units and online through Walmart Online Grocery , http://Walmart.com and our family of brands . We are proud to employ 40,385 associates in Indiana. Walmart supports local businesses, spending $1.5 billion with Indiana suppliers in FYE19 and supporting 47,048 Hoosier supplier jobs. Walmart continues to be a leader in employment opportunity, sustainability, and corporate philanthropy. In FY19, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation contributed more than $34,005,150 in cash and in-kind donations to local nonprofits in Indiana and our Hoosier associates volunteered more than 25,000 hours with local causes. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting our corporate website and our Instagram , Facebook and Twitter channels.

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