Walmart is launching its InHome delivery service which will offer customers the option to give delivery drivers access to their homes so they can deposit groceries in their fridges.
InHome, first announced in June, has now been launched in Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Vero Beach and will offer unlimited deliveries for $19.95 a month.
The US’ largest retailer is also offering smart locks from Level Home and Nortek Security & Control, both of which it has partnered with for the scheme, for $49.95.
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This is well below the smart locks expected retail price of $250 when it goes on sale next year, and the retailer also offers free installation.
Smartlocks will allow Walmart employees to enter the customers home using a one-time entry code, and deliveries will be live streamed for extra security.
If the delivery driver’s camera does not turn on, the smart locks will not grant them access.
Though deliveries are free (other than the monthly subscription) there is a minimum order of $30, which will now be available across a total of 20 stores.
This follows a six-month trial in New Jersey, alongside a two-month trial in Kansas City and Pittsburgh, though its not clear how many deliveries were carried out during this time.
It also says this limited launch will help it gain insight and improve the service before rolling out nationally.