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CityWire reports that Walmart has picked a location in Bentonville, Arkansas, for a pick-up depot that will serve as a stand-alone location for customers to collect items that they have purchased on the company's e-commerce site.

According to the story, "The Bentonville location slated for the new format is near the J. Street and South Walton Boulevard intersection, behind the Chambers Bank which is located on the southeast corner of the intersection across from Zaxby’s and Firehouse Subs. The 15,000 square-foot facility will house 10,000 fresh and dry grocery products – from cereal, chips and bread to fresh produce, meat and milk, according to Deisha Barnett, corporate spokeswoman for Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

"Barnett said the concept will allow consumers to shop online for their grocery items, schedule a pickup time at their convenience then drive up like they would at a Sonic drive-in, call to the associates who then bring their grocery order to car."

Walmart has tested pick-up locations at 11 stores in the Denver area, but this stand-alone concept would be the first of its ilk that the company has planned.
KC's View:
I think we're going to see a lot more of these sorts of tests from Walmart, as it looks for ways to connect its bricks-and-mortar business with its online innovations, trying to navigate these waters in a way that will bring it even with Amazon. It does have some advantages that can be exploited, if it is able to not worry about legacy issues. An insider told me recently that he thinks that Walmart is finally getting to the point where people are not asking what Sam would do … it is important to respect the company's core values while still being able to embrace and exploit the ways in which the world has changed.