Walmart is planning to launch a new in-home grocery delivery service allowing customers to get items delivered to their fridge while they’re out.
The US retail giant announced plans to launch “InHome Delivery”, in which Walmart delivery drivers will be granted access to a shoppers home via smart locks, and deliver fresh groceries to a customers fridge or freezer.
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Though it hasn’t disclosed which smart locks will have to be installed at a customer’s home in order to be eligible for the service, it has said supported locks will be available from Walmart’s website and operated by its app.
Delivery drivers will also be equipped with body cameras, which allows the customers to watch the delivery taking place on their smartphones, providing a greater level of security for understandably weary shoppers.
“What if we not only cover the last mile to customers’ homes but even the last few steps?” Walmart’s chief executive Doug McMillon.
“What if we put their groceries away inside their kitchens or garages? And a step beyond that, what if they let us keep them replenished, keep them in stock, on the items they use all the time?”
The service is due to launch in Autumn this year in Kansas City, Pittsburgh and Vero Beach, serving around 1 million customers initially before a potential roll out across its wider estate over the next year.
This comes amid a growing delivery arms race between Walmart and its online rival Amazon, which already offers a near identical service, delivering to customers homes, garages and cars via Amazon Key.