(Reuters) – Walmart Inc said Tuesday that it will test home delivery of food products in temperature-controlled containers made by HomeValet, as the world’s largest retailer tries to meet a pandemic-fueled online shopping spate.
The U.S. retail chain and several of its colleagues doubled their online business as curbside pickup and contactless delivery gained favor as people were stranded at home during the COVID-19 lockdowns.
Walmart also said customers attending bit.ly/3bDVCDv in its Bentonville, Arkansas headquarters would be able to receive deliveries. from their local Walmart stores directly into a smart cooler placed outside their home.
The box, Walmart said, has three temperature-controlled zones for storing frozen, refrigerated, and pantry items.
Walmart, which previously tested delivery of items via drones and autonomous vehicles, said the partnership with HomeValet could allow it to deliver around-the-clock groceries in the future.
Reportage by Praveen Paramasivam in Bengaluru; Editing by Devika Syamnath