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This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigateHALFMOON — The Walmart store on Route 9 in Halfmoon is getting what is known as a “market fulfillment center,” a robot-run warehouse that speeds up online orders that customers pick up from the location.A Walmart spokeswoman confirmed Monday that it submitted plans for the […]



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HALFMOON — The Walmart store on Route 9 in Halfmoon is getting what is known as a “market fulfillment center,” a robot-run warehouse that speeds up online orders that customers pick up from the location.
A Walmart spokeswoman confirmed Monday that it submitted plans for the expansion to the Halfmoon planning board, which was expected to first review the plans at its Monday night meeting.
The plans were first reported by the Albany Business Review.
Walmart first tested the concept for a market fulfillment center at a store in Salem, N.H. but has since been expanding the idea to other locations.
The idea is to build small warehouses either within or attached to local stores that have fresh and frozen items and popular consumer goods at the ready that are retrieved by “automated bots” and brought to a workstation to be put together as orders for individual customers.
These automated mini-warehouses are being developed as an alternative to having Walmart associates walk around the store picking up items for online orders. However, some items like produce, fresh meat and seafood, as well as large items, are still picked up within the store by Walmart employees.
Larry Rulison has been a reporter for the Albany Times Union since 2005. Larry’s reporting for the Times Union has won several awards for business and investigative journalism from the New York State Associated Press Association and the New York News Publishers Association. Contact him at 518-454-5504 or lrulison@timesunion.com.

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