Walmart recently launched one-day delivery without a shipping fee, weeks after Amazon.com Inc announced a similar offer.
During the online ordering process, customers will choose a delivery date (as early as the following day).
As part of Walmart's new InHome Delivery service, the retailer's workers will deliver groceries right into a home or garage refrigerator, the company said Friday. Walmart will also use smart entry technology and a proprietary, wearable camera to access shoppers' homes, the company's head of US ecommerce, Marc Lore, said, letting customers control access into their home and watch a delivery remotely.
Walmart will now do it for you - along with an employee to place the groceries in your refrigerator when you're not at home.
InHome is set to roll out this fall to over 1 million customers in Kansas City, Missouri; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Vero Beach, Florida.
In brief: Sick of having to be home to receive grocery deliveries?
Walmart workers who've been at the company for at least a year can apply for the in-home delivery position. Most of the boxes and other packaging associated with conventional home delivery of general merchandise items can be eliminated. But contrary to its initial testing, which outsourced deliveries to Deliv, InHome will use only Walmart staff dedicated specifically to that service. Its delivery service for Walmart will be based on a "hub and spoke" system, where Gatik's vehicles will transport packages from a large warehouse to a smaller pickup spot closer to customers.
Marc Lore, eCommerce President & CEO, weighs in on e-commerce strategy and its expansion "from inside the website" at the 2019 Walmart Shareholder's Meeting.
Walmart didn't release information yet on the smart locks that would allow its employees into a house or garage.
"Delivery associates are equipped with a wearable camera", the site reads.
To offer access to the home, customers will need to have a smart device that allows one-time entry.
"We're taking it out of Store 8 and bringing it into the core business", Lore said at a presentation to reporters on Thursday.