Walmart has launched an in-home delivery service in Kansas City, Pittsburgh and Vero Beach, Fla.
Walmart said that more than 1 million shoppers will be able to use the new delivery option, which has Walmart employees select produce and other household items ordered by a customer online. They then deliver the items right into the shopper’s kitchen or garage using smart technology that gives them a one-time code to enter.
The homeowner will be able to watch the delivery through their smartphone. The Walmart employee wears a camera that will livestream the delivery. If the camera doesn’t turn on, the door won’t unlock.
“We’re obsessed with simplifying grocery shopping and finding ways to make our customers’ lives easier,” said Bart Stein, Walmart’s senior vice president for membership and InHome.. “That’s why InHome goes the extra step so that our customers can live their lives without worrying about making it to the store or being home to accept a delivery.”
Subscriptions to the InHome delivery service will cost $19.95 a month, with the first month free.
Shoppers must spend at least $30 on the order. The smart lock costs $49.95, with free installation.
Stein said InHome is a natural complement to Walmart’s existing suite of grocery options, including its recently expanded Delivery Unlimited membership.
“We’re looking forward to building on our already exceptional service in these markets through InHome Delivery and bringing this offering to even more customers in the months to come,” said Stein.