Walmart Sees Strong Interest in Grocery Delivery Test

Walmart Sees Strong Interest in Grocery Delivery Test

The retailer has been exploring new methods of delivery and in June said it was testing using its own store employees to deliver packages ordered online.

Taking trips to the grocery store is so 2016, and thanks to Walmart's newest idea, you might be able to restock your fridge without even leaving your couch.

Neil Stern of the retail consulting firm McMillon Doolittle told the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette that Walmart's in-home delivery system solves one perpetual problem in online grocery shopping, but said it could create another. The deliverer will stock up the fridge and leave, reports CNET. Walmart sent invitations to select August Home customers asking if they wanted to participate in the trial, according to Walmart spokesperson, Ravi Jariwala. In the event that no one answers the door, the driver will receive a one-time passcode that allows them entry into the home. All of the deliveries would be supervised by security cameras and the customers can also watch the process via an application. Users also may receive notifications of when the delivery person unlocks and locks the front door. Think about that - someone else does the shopping for you AND puts it all away. Imagine planning a last-minute get-together and having everything you need to entertain already waiting for you inside your fridge. In the future, you could order on and start cooking minutes after you walk through the door.

"What might seem novel today could be the standard tomorrow", Sloan Eddleston, Wal-Mart's vice president of e-commerce strategy and business operations, said in a blog post.

The grocer is testing the new idea with August Home, a San Francisco-based provider of smart locks and other smart home accessories, in Silicon Valley with a small group of the provider's customers. "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".