Walmart Is Opening Dozens of Local Fulfillment Centers Staffed by Robots

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Walmart is set to expand the number of local fulfillment centers (LFC) it has in operation across the US in response to demand for pickup and delivery orders.

An LFC is described as a “compact, modular warehouse built within, or added to, a store.” Unlike the main stores, these centers are staffed by robots who are tasked with bringing items to picking workstations where an associate can add them to an order much more quickly than if they had gone around locating the items themselves.

The items stored within an LFC range from fresh and frozen produce to thousands of frequently-purchased goods across all categories. And although the robots pick most items, Walmart says personal shoppers handpick “fresh items like produce, meat and seafood” from the sales floor.

Walmart associate working with LFC robots

January 27, 2021
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