Walmart is increasingly phasing out automated pick-up towers erected in more than 1,500 stores. A new report by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) indicates that the retailer is turning to curbside pick-up service to dispense online orders. Walmart (WMT) has reportedly resorted to using more visible automation services in the aftermath of the pandemic. The Wall Street Journal report claims that the retailer has removed or turned off the 17-foot tall machines placed in front of its stores over the past year. With about 300 machines being removed from stores, the company is also in the process of hibernating close to 1,300 machines.