Walmart has a new weapon in its online grocery war with Amazon

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Walmart (wmt) said on Friday it is testing a service with tech company August Home in which workers can bring deliveries all the way into your kitchen and even unload the items into your refrigerator and freezer in your absence.

In a blog posted today (22 September), Sloan Eddleston, VP, Walmart eCommerce Strategy & Business Operations, explained that the test will involve Deliv drivers accessing the customers' homes using a one-time passcode for their August Home smart locks.

The homeowner would be in control of the entire experience, receiving a notification that the delivery is in progress and can also watch it take place in real-time, according to Walmart. August home security cameras then allow them to watch the entire process from the app, if they so wish. He will even receive confirmation that his door has automatically been locked as the Deliv associate exits the front door.

The retailer, looking to get any new advantage it can in grocery delivery over Amazon.com (amzn) now that its biggest rival has bought Whole Foods, is testing the idea in Silicon Valley only for now and restricting it to August Home customers who opt in.

He signed off his blogpost with a teaser: "We want to do more in the future by delivering groceries and other orders in whatever location works best for our customers - inside the house for some and in the fridge/freezer in the garage for others".

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