Walmart Sumiton to get pickup tower, grocery service


SUMITON — Walmart in Sumiton will soon unveil a pickup tower and its grocery pickup service.

The Daily Mountain Eagle has confirmed that building will begin in two weeks for the store's pickup tower and Walmart Grocery pickup is tentatively set to start July 2.

Pickup towers have been installed inside more than 700 Walmart locations in the United States. Many videos on YouTube detail how the 16-foot pickup towers operate for customers to retrieve online general merchandise orders. When orders are ready for pick up, customers simply scan an order barcode on their cell phone at the tower, which operates like a vending machine. Their order is promptly dispensed in seconds.

Each tower also comes with an accompanying set of lockers that will house larger items ordered online.

Pickup towers can reportedly hold more than 100 items.

It is unclear when the Sumiton Walmart's pickup tower will be fully operational.

A blog post on Walmart's website states that the rapid expansion of pickup towers throughout the country will result in at least 40 percent of the U.S. population having access to the service.

Walmart Jasper will begin grocery pickup this Friday, and the Sumiton store is following suit to start grocery pickup in July.

Walmart Grocery allows people to shop for groceries online or through the Walmart Grocery app, with a $30 minimum order. Groceries are selected by store associates assigned as shoppers, bagged and brought out to the vehicles of shoppers in designated parking spaces at a specified pickup time.

It is unknown if the Sumiton store will be remodeled along with the addition of new services.

Walmart Sumiton's manager referred the Daily Mountain Eagle to Walmart's corporate office regarding store changes, but a response was not received by press time.