Rolla included in a $53 million project announced by Walmart to upgrade stores and services in Missouri.

Building on its commitment to save customers time and money in new ways, Walmart expects to spend an estimated $53.4 million this year in Missouri through the remodeling of eight stores, as well as the launch and continued expansion of several customer-focused innovations. 

“Our customers across the state continue to embrace many innovations allowing them to shop in a way that suits their life, saving them time and money,” said Terry Nannie, Walmart Vice President and Regional General Manager in Missouri. “We look forward to furthering our commitment to investing in our communities through expansion of these conveniences.”

2019 Walmart Remodels in Missouri

Walmart plans to remodel stores in the following locations:

Remodels

1433 S. Sam Houston Blvd., Houston, MO 2623 W. 7th St., Joplin, MO 1102 N. Massey Blvd., Nixa, MO 1 Memorial Dr., Potosi, MO 100 Commercial Ln., Pineville, MO 500 S. Bishop Ave., Rolla, MO 3201 W Broadway Blvd., Sedalia, MO 3022 S. Belt Hwy., St. Joseph, MO

2019 Walmart Innovations in Missouri:

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 Missouri.

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 43 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. 

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 25 stores, increasing its coverage area in the state.

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 21 Pickup Towers to stores across the state.

Autonomous Shelf Scanner  These scanners use automation to scan shelves and help identify where in-stock levels are low, prices are wrong, or labels are missing. In addition, the scanners provide a real-time view of inventory in the store-- information used to direct associates to the areas of the store that need the most attention. This year, Walmart plans to expand the technology to 14 additional stores across the state.

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 33 stores across the state.

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 19 stores across the state this year.

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.

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.