How would you like to order your groceries online and have them delivered directly to your fridge? Well, that’s what Walmart and August smart locks are trying to do. August smart locks make internet-connected smart locks for your home. The idea is for customers to order their groceries online, input a delivery time, and have a Walmart driver bring the groceries into their home and put them away for them. In order for the driver to access your home, you’ll need to set a one-time passcode on your August smart lock to allow them in.
Walmart says that customers need not worry about a stranger being in their home. The customer will be “in control” of the whole experience. When the driver rings the doorbell, you’ll be notified on your smartphone. Provided you have an IoT camera, you can watch the entire delivery take place in real-time. You can also watch a playback video after the fact in the August app in case you can’t watch real-time. Once the driver is done leaves and locks the door, you’ll get a second notification letting you know the door is locked and delivery completed.
“When I enter my house later that day, it’s like magic — the items I purchased from Walmart.com are waiting for me, and my groceries are nice and cool in the fridge as if they never left their display in the store,” Walmart wrote. “And the best part is that I didn’t even have to unpack anything.” Walmart is testing this concept with “a handful of August Home customers” in Silicon Valley, who have opted to participate.
“What might seem novel today could be the standard tomorrow,” the retail giant teased.
This delivery service is probably not for everyone. Even with cameras and notifications, some users may still feel a bit weird having a total stranger inside their home and inside their fridge.
Last Updated on September 24, 2017.