Walmart Wants to Help You Stock Your Fridge by Expanding Its InHome Delivery Service

published Jan 7, 2022
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How do you stand out amongst the plethora of food delivery services when you have retailers like Amazon, whose delivery program leaves groceries in customers’ garages? Well, if you’re Walmart, you one-up them by delivering the goods right to your customers’ fridges and stocking them.

Walmart is looking to beat out its home delivery rivals by expanding its InHome delivery service. InHome gives Walmart delivery employees insider access to your home so they can deliver groceries directly to your kitchen and even stock your fridge. The service has been around since 2019 — when Walmart introduced the program in select cities — but the retailer is now looking to expand.  

So how does it work? The delivery person will gain entrance to the customer’s kitchen by connecting the InHome app to the home’s existing smart lock or keypad using a one-time access code. The employee will come equipped with a camera so the customer can watch live (or later) as their groceries are delivered. Not one to utilize smart locks or keypads for your home? Don’t worry, an InHome smart lock will also be available for $49.95.

The retailer wants to make the service available to 30 million households by the end of this year, which is quite a jump from the current 6 million. They will also look to hire 3,000 employees to help make InHome become a broader reality.

The service will run customers $19.95 a month, a bit higher than its competitors’ plan prices, but if you’re one that always dreads your run to the grocery store, it’ll be well worth it for the convenience.