Walmart Wants to Deliver Groceries to Your Home 24/7
Walmart is dreaming of a world where groceries are delivered to you all day every day, even when you’re not home. The retailer is set to pilot a new service in partnership with HomeValet, the maker of a temperature-controlled smart box that’s placed outside the home. This open up the opportunity to deliver customers’ groceries contact-free, to the secure box and kept cold at any time, even if the customer isn’t at home.
The program is expected to launch this spring in its hometown of Bentonville first. HomeValet’s smart box is powered by an internet of things (IoT) platform that has three temperature-controlled zones, so it can properly store frozen, refrigerated and pantry items. When it’s time for a delivery to be made, the smart box communicates with the delivery provider’s device, giving them secure access to the smart box to complete the delivery.
The prospect of this technology is intriguing, both for customers and for Walmart’s last mile delivery efforts, the retailer said in its blog post. “For customers, they don’t need to plan their day around when their grocery delivery will be made. For Walmart, it presents an opportunity to deliver items 24 hours a day, seven days a week. While we don’t have plans to do 24/7 delivery today, it certainly has a nice ring to it.”
HomeValet says the boxes also disinfect the exposed surfaces of delivered items as well as the inside of the box itself, in between deliveries, using UVC light. That is an added incentive for customers during the Covid-19 pandemic.