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· Amazon now allows for groceries to be delivered inside your garage. Here's how it works
· Walmart Expands Delivery to Your Fridge, Pandemic Be Damned
Amazon now allows for groceries to be delivered inside your garage. Here's how it works
By Danielle Wiener-Bronner and Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN
via WXII (NC) - Apr 28, 2021
Amazon wants to make grocery deliveries more convenient and protect them from theft and bad weather by bringing them straight into customers' garages. The move comes as the company tries to expand its grocery business.
Here's how it works: First you need a compatible smart or wi-fi enabled garage door opener. Once that's set up to work with the Key by Amazon app, Prime members can shop for Whole Foods or Amazon Fresh groceries online and select "key delivery" at check out.
On delivery day, the driver uses a hand-held Amazon scanner to open your garage door (Amazon grants drivers one-time access through the device). Drivers drop groceries off inside and close the door behind them. Customers are notified about the delivery in real time. Walmart already offers a similar service.
Amazon has had its eye on the grocery sector for years. But online grocery shopping didn't really start to gain traction until the pandemic, when many people tried to avoid entering stores. Now, Amazon is betting people will continue to buy groceries online...
Walmart Expands Delivery to Your Fridge, Pandemic Be Damned
Covid-19 upended the retailer's InHome service. Now it’s being revived, but still faces skepticism.
By Matthew Boyle, Bloomberg
April 28, 2021
In the fall of 2019, Walmart Inc. started testing a service to deliver groceries right into fridges while customers were out.
Then the pandemic kept Americans at home, making Walmart’s InHome business largely unnecessary. But it’s not dead. With online grocery booming during Covid-19 and vaccinations rising, the world’s largest retailer is expanding the service. It still faces a hurdle, though: Do Americans trust Walmart traipsing through their kitchens?
After debuting in Pittsburgh, Kansas City and Vero Beach, Florida, Walmart recently brought InHome to its home turf of Northwest Arkansas, expanded in Southeast Florida and in July will add Atlanta. A successful rollout could help solidify it as the biggest player in the $1.8 trillion U.S. grocery market, a position under attack from the likes of Aldi and Amazon. Grocers gained millions of online customers last year, and now the challenge is keeping them. While Walmart’s low prices usually give it an edge, convenience and speed are crucial on the web.
“Grocery delivery was niche, and now it’s very mainstream,” said Whitney Pegden, a Walmart vice president and the general manager for InHome...