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Wal-Mart tests in-store lockers for online orders

March 26, 2013 • Business


FILE – This Nov. 14, 2011 file photo shows the rain-soaked handle of a shopping cart outside the Walmart store in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will be testing this summer an option for consumers to be able to order product on its website and then have it kept in a physical locker at the store so they can pick it up without having to wait in line or talk to a store clerk. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)

SAN BRUNO, Calif. (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will be testing this summer an option for consumers to be able to order product on its website and then have it kept in a physical locker at the store so they can pick it up without having to wait in line or talk to a store clerk.

The test, which will be conducted in about a dozen stories in an undisclosed market, is part of the world’s largest retailer’s overall strategy to offer increasingly demanding web-savvy shoppers the ability to shop any way they want. The company is also expanding its offerings online and improving a new “scan and go” shopping app so customers can immediately download coupons personalized to them.

Officials disclosed the moves Tuesday at a media event at its company’s global e-commerce offices in San Bruno, Calif., located in Silicon Valley.

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