Walmart testing 'in-fridge' delivery service for customers who aren't home

Walmart to Deliver Groceries Straight to Customers Fridges

Fortune reports Walmart-in its never-ending competition with Amazon-is testing out a grocery delivery service in which the delivery person actually enters the customer's home and puts the groceries away in their refrigerator and freezer.

But security and privacy experts said Walmart's new service raised a number of unique questions for homeowners, insurance companies and others. Customers receive a notification on their smartphones when a delivery person enters their home.

While Walmart doesn't mention how long or where else the test will run, it hopes to further expand deliveries to "whatever location works best for [their] customers", so whether the boundaries of delivery are shattered or remain intact just may be up to you.

Using an August smart lock, users can allow delivery drivers a one-time use code that they utilize to gain entry to the residence. After the items have been unloaded into the refrigerator, the delivery person will leave, and the door will lock automatically.

Prior this week, the Financial Times revealed that Amazon is chipping away at a home surveillance camera framework that would enable clients to remotely get to video nourishes to see, for example, when bundles are conveyed to their homes. Home security cameras linked to a smartphone would be extra.

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. While not everyone would want to or even need to allow a service provider access to their home, if you're like me, now and then you need someone to take the dog out or clean the house. Such services could become standard in the future, Eddleston wrote.

Walmart is testing this concept with "a handful of August Home customers" in Silicon Valley, who have opted to participate.

And in an age when we use apps to summon strangers to drive us around in their own cars and rent out our spare rooms to tourists, it doesn't seem all that insane to think we'll soon be letting stores deliver food straight to our kitchens.

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