Walmart Ready to Roll on Temp-Controlled Boxes for Home Deliveries
HomeValet's Smart Boxes, first trialed last year, now available for preorder
By Christine LaFave Grace, Winsight Grocery Business
Jan. 12, 2022
Not everyone wants help putting away the groceries—at least, help from someone who doesn't already live there.
A week after Walmart announced plans for a dramatic scale-up of its InHome delivery service, preorders also are now formally, if more quietly, being taken for temperature-controlled smart boxes that let delivery drivers place grocery orders in a secure container outside a residence or garage, where items can stay fresh until customers are ready to take them inside.
Smart Box from HomeValet, first trialed in Walmart's hometown of Bentonville, Ark., last spring, is now available for preorder at HomeValet.co for a down payment of $50, Tysons Corner, Va.-based HomeValet announced Jan. 12.
The internet-connected boxes are available at multiple price points that vary by style. Boxes contain movable dividers that users can adjust to make space for refrigerated and frozen groceries or set aside completely to allow for secure delivery of larger items. Use of the HomeValet app, which lets customers monitor their deliveries and control temperatures, is a separate charge; the app is available from Apple's App Store and Google Play for $15 a month.
Smart Boxes unlock automatically prior to a delivery, according to Home Valet's website. Once the lid of a Smart Box is opened, a security camera is activated to monitor the delivery. (Similarly, Walmart associates entering a residence to make an InHome delivery have cameras on their vests to record the delivery.) Customers can lock or unlock the box anywhere, anytime, using the HomeValet mobile app...
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