Soon, Walmart will put groceries right in the fridge while youre out

Walmart relaunches service to deliver groceries to shoppers' refrigerators

Walmart is upping its game on grocery delivery.

The launch announcement comes nearly two years after Walmart (which already offers delivery through third-party companies, as well as store pickup) began testing the InHome service, teaming up with a security company called August and delivery company Deliv.

While he isn't providing a timeline yet, Lore says after the retailer gets experience in the original three cities, Walmart InHome can be readily expanded elsewhere to the roughly 70 percent of USA households served by more than 3,000 Walmart stores that already offer Online Grocery Pickup. Walmart will also use smart entry technology and a proprietary, wearable camera to access shoppers' homes, the company's head of USA ecommerce, Marc Lore, said, letting customers control access into their home and watch a delivery remotely. The effort follows a small pilot program Walmart conducted two years ago in California with smart-home provider August Home, which used workers from startup Deliv to handle the in-home deliveries.

The InHome Delivery service launches this fall starting with Pittsburgh, Kansas City, and Vero Beach.

In brief: Sick of having to be home to receive grocery deliveries?

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Walmart will lean on employees at existing stores that already offer curbside pickup to deliver groceries and other things to unattended homes. The move comes amid heightened competition for home delivery services. That allows shoppers to control access into their home and give them the ability to watch the delivery remotely. "What if we not only cover the last mile to customers' homes, but even the last few steps?"

"We'll learn and scale from there", McMillon said.

"Delivery associates are equipped with a wearable camera", the site reads. When the delivery person shows up, he or she will knock first and scan the package, then Amazon will make sure the delivery person is at the right home and unlock the door.

Walmart US e-commerce chief Marc Lore did not say how many employees will be diverted to these new delivery jobs, but it's another skilled position the retailer has created as new technology emerges.

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