Business Insider reports that Walmart plans to add its pickup towers - standing 16 feet tall and eight feet wide - to 500 stores in the US.

The towers are designed to allow online shoppers to quickly pick up merchandise in-store, usually near the store’s entrance, by using a barcode or by typing in an order number.

KC's View: I’m not sure what it means, but it somehow seems significant that Walmart installs these enormous towers inside its stores, and when my local Whole Foods put in an Amazon Lockers installation the other day, it is sort of off to one corner in the vestibule … not invisible, but also not ostentatious.