The retailer has partnered with August Home, a provider of smart locks and smart home accessories, and Deliv, a same-day delivery service, to try out the concept with a small group of shoppers in Silicon Valley.
Wal-Mart has announced that it is trialling a new delivery service that would enable food products to be delivered inside customers refrigerators even when they are not home.
Here's how the test will work: I place an order on Walmart.com for several items, even groceries.
The gist is that online grocery orders are delivered by a Deliv worker who then enters a person's home via a pre-authorized, one-time passcode on the August Home smart lock. The customer receives a smartphone notification that the delivery is occurring from the moment their doorbell is rung. If they have cameras set up in the home, customers can watch as their orders are dropped off. As I watch the Deliv associate exit my front door, I even receive confirmation that my door has automatically been locked.
Many people find that getting groceries delivered to their residences is often more convenient than traveling to the stores and battling other shoppers, but it does mean having to be home when they arrive.
We'll let you decide how to feel, but in the meantime, feel free to chuckle over the semi-humorous responses this "in-fridge delivery" idea has been receiving on Twitter.
The service is being tested in Silicon Valley, but if it works out it could spread to major cities including Tucson. The possibilities are endless, and we look forward to exploring how we can further serve our customers' needs.
"Think about that - someone else does the shopping for you AND puts it all away", Sloan Eddleston, Walmart's vice president of ecommerce strategy and business operations, wrote in a blog post Friday. "But we want to offer customers the opportunity to participate in tests today and help us shape what commerce will look like in the future".