Walmart Canada (NYSE:WMT) announced that it is adding 33 new Grab and Go lockers in the greater Toronto area to help with holiday shopping.
The retailer's first set of lockers were installed at 10 locations in the Toronto area back in August as part of an initiative to reach customers at both physical and digital locations.
"We want to provide customers with anytime, anywhere shopping convenience," said Michael Memme, director of transportation at Walmart.ca. "The lockers are an intersection point between our physical and digital stores, providing a terrific option for customers buying presents during the holiday season that want to keep them away from prying eyes and little fingers. It's also a very smart way for customers to send packages to friends and family with no delivery fee, especially when the customer is nowhere near the GTA."
The Grab and Go option is offered just prior to where customers check out. Orders that qualify for Grab and Go include products less than 65 pounds and no one dimension can exceed two meters. Plus, customers must reside within 50 km of a locker. Once an item is ordered to a locker, the customer receives an email confirmation on the order and a six digit PIN code to access their order. Items must be picked up within three days or the return process will begin.
The retailer's U.S. locations have also been trying to drum up foot traffic for the holidays and recently announced the expansion of its same-day buy online and pick-up in-store option in time for Cyber Week.
The expansion of lockers is part of Walmart's larger initiative, announced earlier in the year, to accelerate its e-commerce program. This includes doubling its online product assortment last year, launching an online grocery assortment and launching free shipping throughout most of the country.
-See this Walmart press release
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