Corona, CA – Walmart is celebrating the grand re-opening of the remodeled Corona Supercenter at 1290 E Ontario Ave, which includes the launch of the retailer’s Pickup Tower, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony today and community event today. Corona residents celebrated with family-friendly activities, food and refreshments, giveaways and samples.
The improvements at the Corona Supercenter are part of Walmart’s plan to spend an estimated $145 million this year in California through the remodeling and opening of 21 stores and continued expansion of several innovations that save customers time and money, like the Pickup Tower introduced at the Corona Supercenter today.
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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 27 Pickup Towers to stores across California.
“We’re excited to introduce the Pickup Tower to the Corona community as part of our full store remodel,” said Store Manager Francisco Reyes. “Our store’s fresh new look and innovations will provide customers with faster ways to get their shopping done.”
In addition to the Pickup Tower, customers will also enjoy the following store improvements:
- State-of-the-art electronics department with interactive displays that allow customers to try laptops, tablets, mobile phones and more before purchase
- Enhanced home and apparel departments with a new layout
- Enhanced baby department with easier access to everyday essentials like diapers and formula
- Improved layout and lighting in produce and bakery
- Refreshed Walmart MoneyCenter
- A renovated Pickup Today area
- A larger assortment of industrial and power tools in hardware
- New lights and register added in the cosmetics area
- Newly polished concrete floors
- Committed to the Community
Walmart is committed to serving Corona and is supporting local organizations through $3,000 in grants to: Corona Police Department and Centennial High School Aquatics.
In addition to store remodels, Walmart will continue to innovate to help customers save time and money by giving them the option to shop when, where and how they want. The following are examples of the customer-focused innovations that will be expanded this year in California. stores
Free Grocery Pickup – Busy customers love Walmart’s grocery pickup option, which combines 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 69 stores across California 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 68 California stores, increasing its coverage area in 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 61 stores across California.
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 45 stores across California this year.
About Walmart in California
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 California we serve customers at 303 retail units and online through Walmart Online Grocery, http://Walmart.comand our family of brands. We are proud to employ 91,124 associates in California.