Employees at Walmart's first high-tech Market Fulfillment Center are benefitting
From The Assistance Of A New Co-Worker. Nick Berkeley, senior vice president of operations for
Walmart's Southeast Region, Believes That Alphabot Is Complementing And Even Creating
New Jobs Rather Than Eliminating Them. Walmart is leveraging a proprietary storage and retrieval system
That Helps Walmart Associates Process Online Grocery Pickups And Deliveries More Efficiently.
It is part of the company's continuing efforts to use its stores as fulfillment centers so as to improve
The Shopping Experience For Its Employees And Customers Alike. The First Market
Fulfillment Center Is Currently Under Construction In Bentonville. Alphabot is an automated
System That Retrieves Items From The Fulfillment Center's Storage System And Brings Them To A Picking
Station Where An Associate Can Pick Them Up. Inventory Is Maintained Separately From
The Store Floor By The System. Picking stations are equipped with "pick to light" technology, which
Uses Lights To Guide The Associate Through The Picking Process So That He Or She Can Pick The
Correct Item And Place It In The Correct Bag. the system reduces congestion in the
Store By Reducing The Number Of Shoppers On The Floor With Trolleys.