As part of its attempts to find unconventional ways to offer cheap and rapid delivery of online orders, Walmart will resume a service that offers the delivery of groceries directly to shoppers’ refrigerators. Walmart started testing the service in 2017 with smart security company August Home and third-party courier firm Deliv, which used gig workers to make the deliveries. It ended the test a year later.
This time, Walmart will use its own workers, who have been with the retailer for at least a year, and use its own vehicles. Walmart will also use smart entry technology and a proprietary, wearable camera to access shoppers’ homes.
Vero Beach, Florida is one of three US cities chosen to trial the new service.
Walmart’s head of US ecommerce is Marc Lore.