Walmart's Tech Incubator is out with his first experiment. The incubator, known as Store # 8, has just launched Jetblack, a concierge service to get inquiries quickly. During its pilot phase, the project was known as Code Eight.
To shop with Jetblack, you need an invitation first. Currently, the service is limited to some Manhattan and Brooklyn customers who are part of an eight-month pilot program limited to buildings with a porter, although this will soon expand and a waiting list is now available. The service is $ 50 a month – significantly less than some neighboring competitors, while considerably more than Amazon Prime ̵
While concierge services such as Hello Alfred turn out to be high-end options for people who want to live more serenely, Jetblack focuses on "time-bound city parents" who "seek more efficient ways to shop for themselves and their families". To request something, Jetblack members send an SMS and receive product recommendations in text form. These recommendations come from Walmart and Jet.com, but also from local resellers.
This means that every product request is fair play and "a special beauty cream is procured from a local favorite boutique, custom Easter baskets are curated and delivered once. The children are asleep and the beach items for a family on vacation" are all in the Jetblack range. fulfillment.
"Consumers are looking for more efficient ways to shop for themselves and their families without compromising on product quality," said Jetblack co-founder and CEO Jenny Fleiss, formerly of Rent the Runway.
"With Jetblack, we've created a whole new concept that allows consumers to get exactly what they need, through the convenience of text messaging and the freedom of an almost unlimited product catalog."
It will be interesting See if these types of personal shopping services can already differentiate in markets familiar with same day shipping. What makes Jetblack's offer unique is not clear, but it is notable that it is the largest stationary dealer.