The race to master the last mile is on, and Walmart is leaving no stone unturned. From drone delivery to in-home delivery, the retailer has created a dizzying series of partnerships and pilots to get customers' online orders to their doorsteps as efficiently as possible.
On Tuesday, Walmart announced another innovative delivery solution, which it will be testing this spring in its hometown of Bentonville, Arkansas. HomeValet has developed a "smart box" that Walmart intends to use to store shoppers' orders at optimal temperatures right outside their homes. The boxes are divided into three zones, one to hold pantry goods, another for refrigerated items, and another for frozen foods. They unlock electronically when a delivery provider arrives with the order.
Tom Ward, senior vice president of customer product for Walmart U.S., acknowledged that the technology theoretically allowed for grocery deliveries at any time of the day or night, but said that the retailer won't be extending delivery hours that far just yet.
"While we don't have plans to do 24/7 delivery today, it certainly has a nice ring to it," Ward wrote.