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Walmart Bringing Robot-Filled Warehouses to DFW

Walmart plans to build modular warehouses at its stores where self-driving robots will fetch groceries and have them ready for shoppers to pick up in an hour or less, the Associated Press reported. Two of the four locations already under construction are in the Dallas/Fort Worth communities of Lewisville and Plano, with others located in American Fork, UT and Walmart’s hometown of Bentonville, AR.

The retailing giant hopes the warehouses will speed up curbside pickups, which have become increasingly popular during the pandemic.

The robots won’t roam store aisles, AP reported. Instead, they’ll stay inside warehouses built in separate areas, either within a store or next to it. Windows will be placed at some locations so shoppers can watch the robots work.

The wheeled robots will carry crates of apple juice, cereal and other small goods to Walmart workers, who then bag them for shoppers.


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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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