Wal-Mart is going to try and experiment with a new service that will change the way we do grocery shopping. With a partnership with the smart home device maker August, the two companies announced on Friday a new delivery concept. This actually aims for people to be able to receive their groceries delivered and put away in the fridge without the customer doing anything.
Here’s how it works. The customer places an order on Walmart.com with the groceries they need. After placing the order, a driver from the same-day delivery service will bring the items to your home. People who are going to be absent during the delivery can make a Single-Use passcode for the August Smart Lock system. That way the delivery person can enter the home and put the groceries away.
The homeowner will have complete control of the experience the entire time. They get a notification on their smartphone as soon as the Deli driver rings the doorbell. If the user has a home security camera, they can “watch the delivery take place in real-time … or view a recording of it any time through the August app.”
According to the testimony of one of the satisfied customers, this seems to be a great addition. “When I enter my house later that day, it’s like magic — the items I purchased from Walmart.com are waiting for me, and my groceries are nice and cool in the fridge as if they never left their display in the store. And the best part is that I didn’t even have to unpack anything.”
It must be made clear, however, that this concept needs some fine-tuning. So the concept is just being put to the test by Wal-Mart and “a handful of August Home customers” in Silicon Valley, who have volunteered to participate.