said Thursday that it is using four of its stores as test centers to develop strategies for using its locations to serve customers and for online order fulfillment. These test stores will use a rotating set of technologies and physical changes to find the best solutions. Among the processes already being tested are ways to increase the speed at which inventory makes it to the sales floor, and ways to help associates get to the right locations to pick items for online orders. This is just one step in an evolution of the retail giant’s stores, according to a post from John Crecelius, senior vice president of associate product and next generation stores for Walmart U.S., who made the announcement on the Walmart website. Walmart stock has gained nearly 18% for the year to date while the Dow Jones Industrial Average
is down 7.1% for the period.