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In a recent press release, Walmart announced it was testing a store to refrigerator service. What if Walmart could help busy families always keep their refrigerator well-stocked? Would you be in?
Here is how Walmart is testing out the service:
- First, a smart lock is installed on your home that can – via a code – do a one-time unlock.
- Place an order on Walmart.com.
- A Walmart “Deliv” driver will retrieve the items from the store and deliver them to your home.
- If no one answers, the delivery person puts in the code to open your door.
- All the while the delivery person is in your house, video cameras are taking a constant video that you can view on your iPhone.
- Dry goods are left in the foyer and perishables are placed in the refrigerator.
- Once the delivery person leaves, the homeowner receives a confirmation to their iPhone that the house door has been re-locked.
The special coded door unlocking technology is provided by a company called August Home. The store to refrigerator service is being tested in Silicon Valley with a small group of August Home customers. August Home promotes its products by suggesting that you give access to your home as needed with technology, not keys.