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Re: Walmart is piloting smart coolers to let you receive cold food outside
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2021, 10:40:59 PM »
Doesn't look very bear resistant. They'll have to work on the rural version.

It all reminds me...

We had an insulated box at the back door where the milkman and the eggman delivered their goods. Of course, the stuff still froze in the winter if you didn't get it quickly.

The milkman I don't really remember. The eggman was Mr Weatherby who had a farm just down the road. All I remember about the milkman is that one day the dog got out and she turned out to be the most docile, friendly golden retriever in the world and he admitted that for years he was afraid, based on her bark, that if that dog ever got out, he would be a goner. I think there's a metaphor about that.

It's funny how much and how little those two delivery systems have in common. It's like two completely different worlds with a few strange points of overlap.
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Re: Walmart is piloting smart coolers to let you receive cold food outside
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2021, 11:45:28 PM »
>Doesn't look very bear resistant.

For over a decade now, I go up to Shenandoah NP once or twice a year.  It seems like every year the trash cans keep getting more and more fortified.  The old piece of chain on a metal trash can doesn't cut it anymore. Now they look like something out of a nuclear blast testing area.

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Re: Walmart is piloting smart coolers to let you receive cold food outside
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2021, 02:53:40 AM »
These are the standard in the park
https://bearsaver.com/

To be approved, they need to be tested by grizzly bears and get the IGBC approval and, sometimes other approvals
http://igbconline.org/bear-resistant-products/

Realistically, though, most people need to worry more about things like raccoons, skunks, porcupines... all the usual garbage predators.

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Re: Walmart is piloting smart coolers to let you receive cold food outside
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2021, 12:24:46 PM »
I remember the milkman and the insulated box.


In the early 1900's many upper middle class homes had an insulated cabinet cut into the outside wall of the kitchen.  Usually off the back porch.  This allowed for deliveries to be left while the homeowner was away.

For working class homes, the ice man, milk man and grocery boy just walked into the kitchen.

I think we forget how many goods and services came door to door once upon a time: iceman, grocery delivery (if you could afford it), milkman, produce man (in season), coal or oil delivery.  Plus there were the peddlers: Fuller Brush, knife sharpers, handy men selling their services, and other door to door salesmen peddling just about everything for the home, person or kitchen.

> smart coolers

I'm betting companies like Instacart or big grocery chains will come up with something like this in response.  They will want to lockin customers.

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Re: Walmart is piloting smart coolers to let you receive cold food outside
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2021, 02:42:46 PM »
All of this dropbox stuff is designed for deliveries to suburbia.  AFAIK, no one has addressed how to handle doorstep deliveries to high-density urban dwellings.

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related:

electric-propelled pallet called the EP1 that helps couriers move goods from delivery vans to customers’ doorsteps. The EP1 can travel up to 3 mph and is designed to accompany couriers, traveling by their side.

General Motors New Electric Vehicles
https://www.baynews9.com/fl/tampa/transportation/2021/01/12/general-motors-will-bring-30-new-evs-to-market-in-5-years




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Re: Walmart is piloting smart coolers to let you receive cold food outside
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2021, 07:25:22 PM »
One thing that occurs to me is that right now all kinds of people who get those prepared meals and who shop with Omaha Steaks and Good Eggs and whatnot are essentially getting individual coolers delivered all the time now.

This is shifting the responsibility for ensuring the cold chain from the merchant to the delivery system.

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Re: Walmart is piloting smart coolers to let you receive cold food outside
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2021, 07:29:34 PM »
electric-propelled pallet called the [Bright Drop] EP1

“We expect U.S. residential deliveries to reach 100 million packages a day by 2023, which is three years earlier than previously estimated,” Smith said. “Our need for reliable, sustainable transportation has never been more important. BrightDrop is a perfect example of the innovations we’re adopting to continue to transform our company.”
https://www.freightwaves.com/news/gm-reveals-electric-delivery-van-with-connected-pallets

Sometimes I think 1 million of those are coming to our house.