BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Forget about bridging the last mile between consumer and retailer through home delivery. Walmart is figuring out how to get its products into the last 10 feet with a new service that will actually place groceries in a consumer's refrigerator.
Walmart is piloting the service in partnership with August Home, Sloan Eddleston, VP, Walmart ecommerce strategy and business operations, wrote in a blog posted Friday. "What if Walmart could help busy families like mine ensure my fridge was always well-stocked? What if we created a service that not only did my grocery shopping and brought everything to my home, but even went so far as to put it directly into my fridge? And, what if it was even more convenient because this 'in-fridge delivery' happened while I was at work or off doing other things?" he asked.
"What if we created a service that not only did my grocery shopping and brought everything to my home, but even went so far as to put it directly into my fridge?”August Home is a providers of smart locks and smart home accessories that can enable the delivery of packages inside a customer's home, even so far as placing the products in the fridge or freezer.
"We’re excited to be running this test in Silicon Valley with a small group of August Home customers, all of whom have opted-in to participate in testing this new concept," Eddleston reported. "And we want to do more in the future by delivering groceries and other orders in whatever location works best for our customers — inside the house for some and in the fridge/freezer in the garage for others. The possibilities are endless, and we look forward to exploring how we can further serve our customers’ needs."