Wal-Mart plans improvements to Aurora store
Walmart expects to spend an estimated $24 million over the next year in Indiana through the remodeling of seven stores, including the Aurora location, as well as the rollout of several in-store and online innovations designed to help busy customers save time and money.
The spend is part of Walmart’s total capital expenditures guidance of approximately $11.0 billion for Fiscal Year 2019, which was outlined last October at the company’s annual meeting for the investment community and reiterated in February 2018.
Walmart recently reported strong comp sales growth of 2.1 percent for the fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2018, indicating customers are responding well to the company’s business strategy.
The plan is to continue improving stores and accelerating innovation during the coming year to make shopping faster and easier for Hoosier customers.
“Walmart has a tremendous impact in Indiana communities, employing more than 40,000 associates in Indiana locations and donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to Hoosier charities, said Rodney Walker, Regional General Manager for Walmart. “In the next year, Walmart will continue to innovate and improve the shopping experience for Hoosier shoppers, through remodeled stores and bringing game-changing technology to better serve our customers.”
Walmart plans to remodel stores in the following locations this year:
2251 E. State Highway 54., Linton
2347 Veterans Memorial Parkway., S. Lafayette
1750 Indianapolis Rd., Greencastle
1920 E. Markland Ave., Kokomo
1600 E. Tipton St., Seymour
400 W. Northfield Dr., Brownsburg
100 Sycamore Estates Dr., Aurora
Walmart continues to innovate how it serves customers, helping them save time and money by creating a seamless shopping experience that empowers customers to shop when, where and how they want.
In addition to continuing to test new technologies that transform how customers shop, Walmart plans to expand several innovative services that deliver greater convenience and faster services, including:
1. Online Grocery Pickup
Hoosier customers can order Walmart groceries online and pick them up without ever having to unbuckle their seatbelts. The service is free and prices through Walmart Online Grocery are the same as in-store.
Walmart currently offers Grocery Pickup at more than 20 locations in Indiana and plans to roll-out almost 30 more new Grocery Pickup locations at Indiana stores in 2018.
2. Mobile Express Scan & Go
Walmart offers Mobile Express Scan & Go in select markets, which allows customers to scan items with their mobile devices while shopping in store, pay instantly and skip the checkout line. Customers can download the Walmart Scan & Go app from iTunes or the Google Play store.
Mobile Express Scan & Go is currently offered at all Indiana Sam’s Clubs and one supercenter in Terre Haute. Walmart will continue evaluating opportunities to expand the service to more local customers in the coming year.
Walmart Mobile Express Scan & Go video here: https://youtu.be/NHzfhDDRgME
3. Walmart Pickup Towers
Much like a high-tech vending machine, the Walmart Pickup Tower allows customers to pick up their online orders in less than a minute by scanning a bar code sent to their smartphone. To use the tower, customers simply choose from millions of items available on Walmart.com and select the Pickup option at checkout.
Pickup Tower service is currently available at three Indiana Walmart stores in Terre Haute, Aurora and Warsaw. Walmart will continue evaluating opportunities expand the Pickup Tower service to Hoosier customers in the coming year.