Aug 10, 2022 - Economy

Scoop: Kohl's rolls out self-pickup to all stores

Signs for self-pickup at a Kohl's store

Kohl's has rolled out self-pickup to stores nationwide. Photo: Kelly Tyko/Axios

Kohl's has added a faster way to get your online orders without needing to wait in line or for delivery.

Driving the news: The retailer shared exclusively with Axios that self-pickup is now available at its more than 1,100 stores nationwide ahead of the holiday shopping season.

  • Shoppers can select "In-Store Pickup" for eligible online orders, which are often ready within two hours during store hours.
  • Select items also can be shipped to stores and picked up with self-pickup.
  • In most stores, the self-pickup area is located near customer service or Amazon return counters.

What they’re saying: “Kohl’s uses a self-pickup system similar to something you may see at a fast-casual restaurant,” Siobhán Mc Feeney, the retailer's chief technology officer, told Axios.

  • “Each order is individually bagged and placed in a bin with a number," Mc Feeney said.

Meanwhile, Kohl's confirmed to Axios that it has "temporarily paused" its Drive-Up curbside pickup, which was added in 2020 while stores were closed in the early days of the pandemic.

  • Retailers added more buy-online-pickup-in-store options at the start of the pandemic, especially curbside as a way to limit potential exposure to COVID.

Flashback: Kohl's started testing self-pickup last summer in a 12-store pilot that expanded to 100 stores last fall.

Kohl's self-pickup: How it works

Details: When orders are ready, shoppers will get an email about how to pick them up.

  • Take your phone with the email to the self-pickup area and click the link to "open pickup pass."
  • You'll enter a four-digit code displayed at the store and will then be told what bin number your order is in.
  • Tap "Complete my order" on your phone to finish the pickup process and get an email receipt.

State of play: Most shoppers using pickup will likely have a smartphone but Kohl's said those who don't can get help at customer service or by asking a store employee.

Kohl's self-returns, self-checkout tests continue

What's next: Kohl's is continuing to test ways to leverage automation, including self-returns and self-checkout, Jill Timm, the retailer's chief financial officer, said in May.

  • “We’re constantly listening to our customers and using technology pilots as a way to understand how to make their experience as efficient and enjoyable as possible,” Mc Feeney told Axios.

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