The world’s largest retailer, Walmart has announced that it will be expanding its InHome delivery service by the end of the year.
Before this announcement, they reached about 6 million homes and hope to reach 30 million households by the end of the year.
InHome was launched in the fall of 2019 and allows customers to place (grocery) orders online, they then receive their packages by giving a Walmart associate access to their home with the help of a smart lock. When the initiative was newly established, it was tested in a handful of markets including Pittsburgh, Vero Beach and Kansas City. At the moment it is available to 6 million households after it launched in Phoenix, Atlanta, Northwest Arkansas and DC.
This expansion will be available in major markets like Nashville, Los Angeles, Indianapolis, Houston and Chicago. Walmart will also hire more than 3,000 delivery drivers and will build a fleet of 100% all-electric delivery vans that will be used to make smooth deliveries and at the same time market the new service.
Walmart’s Senior Vice President, Tom Ward notes that it’s the ultimate convenience for customers and they (Walmart) recognize that it isn’t always useful for people to have to worry about being home to receive deliveries every second.
InHome comes at a monthly fee of $19.95 and $148 yearly with no additional fees. Tips are included in the membership price.