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Walmart, looking to find ways to make the "last mile" between its online store and the shopper smoother and more convenient, currently is "testing the use of lockers to hold goods ordered on the Internet until shoppers pick them up," according to a story from Reuters.

The program is similar to one being implemented by Amazon, though there are important differences. For one thing, Amazon is putting its lockers in a variety of third-party locations, such as 7-Eleven convenience stores, retailers such as Staples, and parking lots; while the company does not seem to be saying how many locker installations it has, there would appear to be dozens, maybe hundreds in the US and the UK.

Walmart is installing lockers in six of its own stores.

However, the upside for Walmart would appear to be pretty high if it were to install lockers in many, most, or all of its 4,000+ US locations.

This development suggests that the battle between Walmart and Amazon is moving to the next level, with both companies maneuvering to find ways to dominate the e-commerce business.

While Walmart does $466 billion in annual sales, it is expected that it will only do about $9 billion of those sales online this year. Amazon, which only operates online, had $61 billion in revenue last year, though when you include Marketplace sales by third party retailers operating on its site, that annual sales number probably is closer to $100 million.
KC's View:
This is an interesting development, though it seems to me that the advantage of the Amazon approach is that it is putting lockers in places outside its traditional orbit ... the idea is to make things more convenient. Walmart is putting them in its own stores, which strikes me as sort of redundant.

That said, it is just a test, and the race may be on to see which company can get the best locations. And I continue to believe that the enormous number of US Post Offices out there could be the mother lode of locations that could be a game-changer for the retailer able to use them as delivery depots.