Walmart has announced a new service called InHome Delivery that allows customers to order groceries from Walmart’s website and have them delivered directly to their fridge, reports CNBC. The new program launches today in four cities: Pittsburgh; Kansas City, Missouri; Kansas City, Kansas; and Vero Beach, Florida.
Under the program, which requires a subscription fee, members will be able to select from 100,000 items from their local Walmart store and have them delivered to the refrigerator in their kitchen or their garage. As part of the InHome Delivery service, members will need to also buy a $49.95 smart lock or smart garage door kit, which allows the Walmart delivery employee to get inside their home even if the member isn’t around.
Walmart knows people can have concerns about letting strangers into their home, so InHome Delivery has a few security redundancies built in. The smart lock or smart garage door kit will only generate a one-time passcode for the delivery person during a specific time window, so that delivery person can’t just enter the member’s house at any time. Further, the smart lock or smart garage door kit will only grant entry if the delivery person is wearing the body cam they are required to have on and that body cam is turned on and both recording and live-streaming the delivery.
InHome Delivery costs $19.95 a month and is available in the four cities mentioned above. However, Bart Stein, Walmart’s senior vice president of membership and InHome, told CNBC the company plans to scale the service “aggressively,” adding that the initial locations “represent [a] variety of factors across demographics, stores and more operationally that set us up the best and quickest to scale nationwide.”