Walmart's new Pickup Tower feature in its store in Columbus and in other towns.

Columbus residents can now shop at the Walmart in town without having to actually go aisle to aisle.

Customers now have access to the tower at the Walmart Supercenter, 818 23rd St. East. The Pickup Tower functions like a 16-foot tall high-tech vending machine and can fulfill a customer’s online order in less than a minute.

To use the tower, customers simply choose from millions of items available on Walmart.com and select the Pickup option at checkout. When the item arrives at the local store, an associate loads it into the Pickup Tower and the customer retrieves by scanning a bar code sent to their smartphone. Pickup Towers are the latest example of Walmart’s commitment to digital acceleration and innovation, as well as convenience, helping customers save time and shop however, whenever, wherever they want.

The vast majority of the Pickup Towers will also be paired with Pickup Lockers. More than half a million orders have already been completed through the existing Pickup Towers, officials said in a release. This addition will grant customers the ability to pick up large items, such as a new TV, while still utilizing the time-saving convenience of the towers.

Walmart has expanded several additional services that deliver greater convenience including: Online Grocery Pickup, Online Grocery Delivery and Pickup Discount.

Investing in Nebraska

Walmart recently announced it expects to spend an estimated $35.6 million over the next year in Nebraska through the remodeling of seven stores, as well as the launch and continued expansion of several customer-focused innovations.

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