A Walmart worker using a "Quality Cart" at a store in Springdale, Ark. Photograph Courtesy of Walmart
Walmart has begun to deploy special “quality carts” aimed at reducing waste and improving its fresh food assortment at a time the retailer is revamping its grocery business.
The retailer, which gets 56% of its U.S. sales from groceries ($167 billion last year), has made fresh food a cornerstone of its turnaround plan to keep its fragile sales growth going. In the two years since taking the reins, Walmart U.S. CEO Greg Foran has implemented changes in processes such as making sure items are placed on shelves earlier so stores don’t have to discount items getting close to their sell-by dates.
New “Quality Carts” are another such effort: They have weighing scales and a box to collect discarded produce, steps previously taken in the back room. The carts will let employees sort fresh produce by removing items that are almost at their expiration and weighing them to manage inventory and be more efficient about restocking.