Walmart is partnering with Deliv and a “smart locks” company to test a new service that would deliver food products inside customers’ homes and refrigerators even when they are not home, the retail giant said in a press release emailed to Retail Dive.
Customers who order groceries can request that delivery people put their fresh and frozen items away in their refrigerators and freezers, according to Ravi Jariwala, senior director of public relations at Walmart. Those participating in the test are able to watch the full delivery process on their smartphone through an app and home security cameras, he said.
The experiment, which will test various price points, is by invitation only for existing customers of August Home, a keyless lock designer, in Silicon Valley in California who opt in, Jariwala said.
This is not the first announcement of late that Walmart has opened with a lament about the hectic pace of daily life. Sloan Eddleston, Vice President, Walmart eCommerce Strategy & Business Operations, said Friday in a blog post: “Shopping for groceries can be a hassle for my busy family. We need to make the time to go to the store, make sure we find everything on our list , lug them home and then put them away.” (Retail Dive)