Curbside pickup pod debuts in SoCal mall

A new service at the Glendale Galleria mall in Southern California allows shoppers to pick up items in a curbside pod. The shopping center is the first to debut a pickup pod for shoppers to pull up and grab items—ordered and paid for ahead of time on the Curbside app—without entering the crowded mall.

Curbside's app lets consumers shop the inventory of 20 stores including Best Buy, Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Target and GameStop, Glendale News Press reported.

Once items are ordered, Curbside employees go into the store, get the purchased items, and bring them to the pod. The items are ready for pickup an hour or two later. The customer receives a text when the order is ready. The bags are kept in storage or behind the locked glass window of the kiosk until the shopper arrives.

Curbside employees are alerted to the shopper's arrival through a feature in the app.

No minimum is required for an order and patrons get reusable cloth bags.

The opening of the pod comes just weeks after Target (NYSE:TGT) announced an expansion of its curbside pickup program to 10 new locations in New York and New Jersey. Previously, Curbside had been available at 11 stores, but only in the San Francisco Bay area.

For more:
-See this Glendale News Press article

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