Walmart is once again expanding competition with Amazon in grocery delivery
The retail giant is piloting a partnership that will enable deliveries directly to a temperature-controlled “smart box” outside customer homes. Beginning this spring, participating customers in Walmart’s headquarters location of Bentonville, Ark., will be able to receive deliveries from their local Walmart store directly into a HomeValet-powered smart box placed outside their home.
The 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, the smart box communicates with the delivery provider’s device, giving them secure access to the smart box to complete the delivery. According to Walmart, this service will enable customers to receive grocery deliveries without having to be home while opening the possibility of 24/7 grocery deliveries in the future.
Source: Chain Store Age