Wal-Mart CEO says testing associate delivery of online orders in 'a few' stores
Wal-Mart President and CEO Doug McMillion said on the Q2 earnings call that customers are responding to the improvements it is making and "feels good about where we are" midway through the year. McMillon said Wal-Mart continues its transformation to become more of a digital enterprise. He said the company is testing associate delivery of Walmart.com orders in a few stores and plans to have approximately 100 automated pickup towers in stores across the U.S. by the end of the year, "where customers can pick up their orders within a matter of minutes." With Easy Reorder on Walmart.com, a customer "can easily repurchase the items they've bought most frequently before," McMillon added. He also noted that Wal-Mart has tests going on with "digital endless aisle shopping, robotics and image analytics to scan aisles for outs and we're using machine learning to assist our merchants with pricing." McMillon noted that SKUs on Walmart.com surpassed 67M and said he has seen "strong results" from the rollout of online grocery, which is now in more than 900 U.S. locations.