You might think grocery shopping couldn't get any lazier than home deliveries. You would be wrong. Fortune reports Walmart—in its never-ending competition with Amazon—is testing out a grocery delivery service in which the delivery person actually enters the customer's home and puts the groceries away in their refrigerator and freezer. The new service, which is being tested in Silicon Valley, is a partnership with August Home, which makes smart locks and other home tech, according to Reuters. The service is only available to August Home customers for the moment.
Business Insider, citing reader responses, reports Walmart's new straight-to-fridge service could be a tough sell. "There is not a chance in hell I would let them in my house when I am not home," one reader says. "What moron would ever let a stranger into their home for any reason ... my dogs [would] eat them alive," adds another. The main concerns seem to be home security and a general mistrust of Walmart and its employees. But Walmart's groceries would actually be delivered by employees of delivery company Deliv. As for security: August Home's smart locks give delivery people once-only permission to enter the home, customers are alerted by text and can watch the delivery via August Home security cameras, and the door automatically locks following the delivery. A Walmart executive acknowledges that "this may not be for everyone," but adds, "What might seem novel today could be the standard tomorrow."