Global retailer Walmart is planning to invest $200m over the next year to open and remodel 43 stores, as well as introduce in-store and online innovations in Florida, US.
The investment is a part of the company’s $11bn capital expenditures for the financial year 2019.
Of the total 43 stores, six are new store openings, including three in Miami-Fort Lauderdale, two in Jacksonville and one in Central Florida, while the remaining are store remodels.
Walmart Florida vice-president and regional general manager Elise Vasquez-Warner said: “Customers have told us they want the convenience of shopping how, when and where they want. Here in Florida, we’ll achieve that by building off the momentum we had last year, accelerating the rollout of customer-centred innovations, creating more than 1,000 jobs this year alone, and maintaining a sharp focus on improving our store experience.”
Apart from store openings and remodels, the global retail chain also plans to invest in in-store and online innovations including Online Grocery Pickup programme, Mobile Express Scan & Go service and Walmart Pickup Towers.
Online Grocery Pickup programme allows customers in Florida to order groceries online and pick them up at the store.
The retail chain is currently offering the service at more than 100 Florida locations, with plans to introduce it in 80 more stores in 2019.
Mobile Express Scan & Go enables customers to scan items with their mobile devices to pay instantly while shopping in the store, which is currently available at all 49 Florida Sam’s Clubs stores as well as more than ten Florida Walmart stores.
The retailer plans to expand the service to more local customers in the next year.
Pickup Tower is a high-tech vending machine that enables customers to order online on the company’s website and pick the orders at the store by scanning a barcode sent to their smartphone.
Walmart is offering the service at more than 15 Florida stores, with plans to expand it further next year.