Walmart Strengthens Store Fulfillment Strategy With Its First Market Fulfillment Center in Arkansas
Earlier this week, Store 100 at 406 S Walton Blvd in Bentonville became the first Walmart location in Arkansas to have a high-tech Market Fulfillment Center (MFC). This MFC uses a special system called Alphabot to store and retrieve items. By using digital technology and linking its store and supply chain assets from start to finish, Walmart aims to improve fulfillment and raise customer satisfaction.
There are many benefits of the high-tech MFC, one of them being its ability to handle a higher volume of orders per day, resulting in faster fulfillment and reduced substitutions. Additionally, Walmart+ members can benefit from free unlimited delivery. The implementation of MFC also allows associates to concentrate on in-store customers, leading to increased satisfaction for both customers and associates.
“We’re innovating toward an even better shopping experience every day, and on every platform,” said Prathibha Rajashekar, Senior Vice President of Innovation and Automation at Walmart. “To help our customers and associates live better, we’re using technology to help them save time. That leads to improved experiences for everyone, no matter how they shop – and moves our entire business forward in the process.”
The MFC in Bentonville, Arkansas is the first in the state and second nationwide. The first one in the country was a test version at Store #2142 in Salem, New Hampshire. Walmart will keep adding MFCs to some stores in the next few years.
Walmart cares about its local community and shows it in different ways. The leaders at Store 100 marked the opening of the MFC by giving $15,000 to Bentonville High School, Bentonville West High School and Bentonville Schools Ignite Professional Studies Program. Their goal? To advance technology and education.
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