Walmart Wants to take all of the manual labor out of shopping and we mean ALL.
Walmart is teaming up with August Home, a Smart Security Company, to deliver the food straight into your fridge. They can do deliver even when you are not home. August Home would give out a one-time keypad password for the delivery driver’s entry. For peace of mind, the customer would also have the option to watch the unloading process go down live via camera feed.
A service like this would have been unheard of for any retailer, let alone one as large and traditional as Walmart, to consider doing this just a few years ago. Some may still draw the line at letting a driver in their home while they are away.
But Jariwala added we now live in an age where consumers don’t think twice about getting rides from strangers on Uber, asking people on TaskRabbit to do mundane things like their laundry and letting someone they’ve never met stay in their home through Airbnb.
It may seem surprising that Walmart is doing something this innovative. It sounds like it’s more up Amazon’s (AMZN, Tech30) alley, especially since Amazon sells the Alexa-powered Echo smart speaker and now owns Whole Foods as well.
But this is just another example of how traditional retailers realize that they must reach out more to tech-savvy consumers. Just this week, grocery chain Albertsons, which also owns Safeway, bought meal kit delivery service Plated, a rival to Blue Apron (APRN).
And Walmart has aggressively built up its own online retailing operations through the purchase of Jet.com and smaller e-commerce specialty sites like Modcloth, Bonobos, Moosejaw and Shoebuy.
In fact, Jet already has a deal with another smart lock company, New York-based Latch, that allows urban consumers get deliveries when they are not home. That’s particularly useful for urbanites who live in a building without a doorman.