Walmart testing deliveries "straight to the fridge"


(WMT) is testing a new service that not only does a customer's grocery shopping and brings the items to his home, but even puts the grocery directly into the refrigerator.

Walmart is testing out a new service that will allow it to do just that.

Other recent Walmart initiatives include a membership-free two-day shipping program, pickup discounts when customers choose to pick up orders in a store rather than have them shipped to their homes, and even having a Walmart store employee drop off an online order on their way home after a shift. Walmart and smart home device maker August are teaming up to eliminate this chore from your life. The shopper at the same time would receive an alert from August Home and those with associated in-home security cameras could watch the delivery in real time.

"This may not be for everyone - and certainly not right away - but we want to offer customers the opportunity to participate in tests today and help us shape what commerce will look like in the future", Sloan Eddleston, vice president of Walmart eCommerce Strategy & Business Operations said in a blog post.

In addition to saving customers the task of unloading their groceries and planning time at home around a delivery, "it makes the unexpected easier, too", Eddleston said.

The door will lock automatically behind them.

If the tests goes well, the Walmart is interested in expanding the service. "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", Eddleston added.

The initiative is part of an effort to compete with Amazon as it grabs more and more market share from longtime retailers. Sam's Club, which is owned by Walmart, has been using that firm since previous year in Miami to test deliveries.

While this is only a test for now, Walmart suggested it is likely to roll this out further if it takes with customers.