Walmart + home screen on a laptop arranged in Brooklyn Borough of New York, United States, Wednesday, November 18, 2020.
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Walmart actually delivers groceries to customers’ doors and in some cities, puts it directly inside its fridge. The company said Tuesday it will soon test another convenient approach: delivery to a smart cooler on customers’ front porch or near their doorstep.
Starting in spring, the major retailer said it would start a pilot in his hometown of Bentonville, Arkansas. It will provide participating customers with a smart, temperature-controlled coolant called HomeValet. The cooler will be placed outside their home, allowing for safe, contact-free grocery delivery around the clock.
Tom Ward, senior vice president of Customer Product in the United States, said in a post on the company website. “For customers, they don’t need to plan their day around when grocery deliveries. For Walmart, it provides an opportunity to deliver items 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
However, he said the retailer has no plans for 24-7 days delivery.
Walmart will test grocery shipments to HomeValet, a smart cooler that is placed outside customers’ homes.
Walmart is the largest grocery store in the United States and has introduced free and unlimited grocery delivery a central feature to its new subscription-based service, Walmart +. the service, Which launched in September, Costs $ 98 a year or $ 12.95 a month compared to Amazon Prime, which costs $ 119 a year or $ 12.99 a month. It includes other benefits, such as fuel discounts and access to a smartphone app that allow shoppers to skip the payment line.
The retail giant launched its grocery delivery service in 2018. During the pandemic, Walmart and other retailers saw the increase in popularity of online grocery shopping as customers search for convenient, connection-free ways to store their stores and refrigerators from home deliveries through last-mile services. Like Instacart to pick up the pier outside the retail store.
Even before the global health crisis, Walmart experimented with new grocery delivery options. In 2019 He launched a membership program called InHome Grocery Delivery In select cities, fresh fruit, meat, and other groceries are put directly into customers’ refrigerators for $ 19.95 a month. Requires additional security measures, including a smart door lock kit or a smart garage door kit in shopper homes, background checks, and additional training for employees.
The service continues to operate in select cities: Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Vero Beach, Florida and West Palm Beach, Florida. During the pandemic, a company spokeswoman said it had changed its approach to comply with local restrictions: It only conducts in-kitchen delivery in Pittsburgh. In other cities, things are placed inside doors of homes or garages.
With the new HomeValet beta, you’ll be leaving your groceries in rectangular coolers Developed by a startup. They have three zones that can keep grocery items at different temperatures, including frozen, chilled, or stored at room temperature like pantry. To make the delivery, a Walmart employee can use a smart cooler lock and unlock device.