It seems that this is an idea that Walmart thinks has potential because the company has since announced a new delivery initiative called InHome Delivery. It is as its name suggests, where the person making your grocery deliveries could in theory make the delivery directly into your home. Given that certain produce might go bad if not refrigerated in a timely manner, this could actually be useful.
According to Walmart, “These associates, whose jobs are focused on this service, will also go through an extensive training program which prepares them to enter customers’ homes with the same care and respect with which they would treat a friend’s or family’s home – not to mention how to select the freshest grocery items and organize the most efficient refrigerator.”
While there is no denying the usefulness of such a delivery program, it’s hard to deny all the privacy red flags that could popup. Will Walmart be able to convince customers of the safety of its program? We’ll just have to wait and see as InHome is expected to kick off this fall in a trial program across Kansas City, Missouri; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Vero Beach, Florida.