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Walmart to Test This All-New Way to Deliver Your Groceries

Because who wants their food left sitting outside in the cold?

Grocery delivery isn't only a convenient but also a safe option amid the coronavirus pandemic. Walmart has offered grocery delivery since 2018, but it has multiple ways of delivering your food to you. And the discount retailer is currently piloting a new way of keeping your food fresh in a way that paper or plastic bags can't—through a Walmart smart box!

Starting in the spring, customers in Bentonville, Ark., can get their groceries delivered in a temperature-controlled smart box from HomeValet, Walmart announced on its website. The service is contactless, and it allows deliveries to be made at any time on any day of the week—even if a customer isn't home. Though there aren't plans for around-the-clock shipments just yet, one executive said 24/7 delivery "certainly has a nice ring to it." (Check your cart before you press order for the 8 Grocery Items That May Soon Be in Short Supply.)

The Walmart smart box itself "has  three temperature-controlled zones, so it can properly store frozen, refrigerated, and pantry items," Ward said. "And when it's time for a delivery to be made, the smart box communicates with the delivery provider's device, giving them secure access to the smart box to complete the delivery."

This is the latest delivery method Walmart has launched since starting Walmart+ in 2020. The retailer has also tested drone delivery and driverless trucks. Delivery is currently free on orders of $35 and more.

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Amanda McDonald
Amanda is a staff writer for Eat This, Not That!. Read more
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