Walmart Inc. said it is testing new grocery delivery technology in partnership with HomeValet, the maker of a temperature-controlled smart box.
The smart box, placed outside of customers’ homes communicates with the delivery provider and gives them secure access to the box to make a delivery, even if the customer isn’t home.
Walmart will pilot the program with customers near is Bentonville, Arkansas headquarters in the spring.
According to HomeValet, the boxes offer three temperature-controlled zones that makes them capable of storing frozen, refrigerated and pantry items. The smart box also disinfects exposed surfaces of delivered items and the inside of the box in between deliveries.