New Changes You'll See at Your Local Walmart
Your local Walmart may look a little different inside—and very soon.
Today, the retailer unveiled an all-new store design that will roll out in 200 Walmarts across the nation by early next year. Then, in the following fiscal year, another 1,000 stores are projected to adopt the new model. The redesign will introduce more digital elements into the physical shopping experience to make for an easier shopping trip. (Related: 8 Grocery Items That May Soon Be in Short Supply)
The new model has been tested in select stores in Arkansas, where shoppers and employees have given feedback to help improve the design. Essentially, the remodel is geared toward helping people navigate the store and "on getting what you want as quickly as possible so you're not endlessly walking up and down aisles looking for items," Janey Whiteside, Walmart's chief customer officer and executive vice president told USA TODAY.
Here's how it will look: You'll download an app that will help you see which aisles are dedicated to groceries versus baby products, for instance. This will save you from perusing up and down the aisles looking for the section you need. This virtual map will also help you see exactly what direction to turn to check off everything you need on your shopping list. There will also be visual reminders posted on walls throughout the store to show people how to search for an item using the app.
In addition, stores will also be updated with self-checkout kiosks and contactless payment options, such as Walmart Pay. Some locations will even have a feature called Scan & Go, a perk within the new Walmart+ membership program that just launched on September 15. This in-store feature will allow people to scan items and then pay with their Walmart Pay account. (Related: Amazon's New Dash Carts Make Grocery Shopping a Breeze).
Stores will also now include new bold typeface throughout the store that will indicate what's sold in each section.
Finally, other new innovations from Walmart include adding a sushi restaurant inside for customers. A Walmart Supercenter in Rogers, Arkansas opened the bar and restaurant concept earlier this month.
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