PICKUP TOWER COMES TO DEFUNIAK WALMART

 

A large tower in the entrance of the DeFuniak Springs Walmart will soon be the new norm for the super center franchise, according to a Walmart press release Friday. The Walmart Pickup Tower, a 16-foot pillar near the entrance of the DeFuniak store, is the newest way to quickly pick up online orders. Pamela Brackin, department manager, said the tower opened to the public Thursday. “The items that can be picked up from the tower range from items out of electronics, toys, health and beauty and clothing,” said Brackin. “All you have to do is scan the barcode we send you when your order is ready and it will dispense it to you automatically. If there are items too large to fit in the tower, we have lockers on each side of the tower that will pop open. If it’s a really large item, it will alert an associate and they will retrieve it an carry it out for customers.” Brackin said although the tower does not include grocery items, a grocery pick up will begin at the store starting April 25. “That will be separate from the tower,” she said. “You can still order some grocery items from the tower, like a case of water or a case of soda. The only things that wouldn’t be able to be loaded into the tower are items with age restrictions or phones that have to be activated. The benefit is cutting down on the customer wait time so they don’t have to stand to wait for an associate. It’s pretty quick.” Brackin said the tower will accept pickups 24 hours a day and seven days per week. Walmart, according to its press release, plans to add more pickup towers to Florida locations this year.

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