Walmart (NYSE: WMT) revealed it is preparing to test another convenient delivery method which includes dropping groceries off to a smart cooler on customer’ front porch. Currently, the company provides drop off delivery services which leave the items on the customers door steps or even go as far as storing them directly into their refrigerator.
The retail giant will pilot the trial in Bentonville, Arkansas and provide participating customers with temperature-controlled smart cooler’s called HomeValet. The method allows customers to receive contact-free grocery deliveries at any time of the day.
“The prospect of this technology is intriguing, both for customers and for Walmart’s last mile delivery efforts,” said Walmart U.S. Senior Vice President of Customer Product Tom Ward in a post on the company’s website. “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.”
Amid the ongoing pandemic several retailers have doubled down on their online approach, curbside pickup and contactless delivery. Walmart is now providing free, unlimited grocery deliveries as a major benefit to its new subscription-based service, Walmart+.
The rectangular cooler, developed by a start-up, will include three compartments to store groceries at different temperatures, including a freezer, refrigerated as well as room temperature. Walmart employees will be able to access the cooler using a device that can lock and unlock the smart cooler.