Haley Millan via Working Mother
Working moms, rejoice! Walmart is making it easier than ever to get their affordable groceries into your fridge. The retail giant announced Wednesday it has expanded its delivery program to 100 cities. The move makes sense—Walmart has been competing with major online retailers such as Amazon to deliver groceries right to your front door. Now, this service will be available in over 800 Walmart stores all over the country.
Currently, most Walmart stores allow customers to order groceries online and schedule them for curbside pick up. But, as we know, busy families can't always go pick up groceries. So, Walmart's new delivery service is definitely an upgrade for working moms. First, place an order on Walmart.com, spending $30 or more. (You'll be charged a delivery fee of $9.95.) Then, pick a time-slot for delivery and Walmart will gather your groceries and deliver them to your home. The orders will be delivered by drivers contracted by Uber, Deliv and other services. You'll receive your purchases in as little as four hours if you put in the request by 1 p.m.
The company even has plans to take another chore out of your plate: putting groceries away. Walmart announced last year a partnership with smart home company August to test out in-home deliveries. (August creates products such as doorbells and security cameras that enable you to monitor your home through your phone.) Thanks to the new partnership, you will be able to place an order on Walmart.com, get it delivered and have it unpacked and put away—all from the comfort of your desk.
If you want your groceries to be stored away, drivers will be granted a one-time entrance passcode to drop the order inside if you're not home. This sends a notification to your phone so you know they've walked in. If you're not that trusting, you can watch the entire process via the home security camera to ensure there's no funny business taking place. The drivers place packages in the foyer and put frozen and cold foods away in the fridge. When they finish and they leave, your door automatically will lock behind them (and you'll get a notification for that, too).
So far, only select volunteers in the Silicon Valley area can test out the storing service, and there's no word yet if and when the in-home delivery service will roll out elsewhere. The price for such a luxury has not yet been released either. If all goes well in the testing period, Walmart may partner with more smart home product brands. In the future this could be a quick, stress-free alternative worth the splurge in case you forget to grab something for dinner. In the meantime, we will enjoy ordering groceries online and skipping lines.
This article originally appeared on Working Mother.
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