The delivery person is given a one-time code to open the door and customers get an alert on their smartphones when someone enters.
Walmart is testing out a new service that delivers groceries straight to your fridge when you're not home. From there, the Deliv employee puts all the groceries away under the remote video surveillance of the homeowner.
"The Deliv associate will drop off my packages in my foyer and then carry my groceries to the kitchen, unload them in my fridge and leave". This service is part of an agreement with August Home, a provider security for smart homes, and delivery service Deliv.
The service is freakish, to say the least, but it's worth commending the retail giant for progressive thinking.
"There is not a chance in hell I would let them in my house when I am not home!" one Facebook user commented on Business Insider's article on the test. "Seriously, WORST customer service!"
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Brick-and-mortar retailers, facing increasing competition from online retail giant Amazon, have been working to make online orders easier for shoppers. Earlier this year, Walmart submitted a patent application for a drone delivery system that focuses on how packages are received.
With the August partnership, Walmart customers both inside and outside cities could take advantage of the service, if they were also August device owners.
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.
"What might seem novel today could be the standard tomorrow", the retail giant teased.
XAutoplay: On | OffCertain August customers in Silicon Valley are testing the concept, said Wal-Mart in a corporate blog post.