Back in February, Walmart announced free two-day shipping on all orders over $35. Amazon is their biggest competitor so they have to try to match Amazon Prime perks and other their delivery options.
Walmart’s latest change to their delivery plan might mean you’ll no longer have UPS employees in brown uniforms dropping off your packages. Instead, associates wearing navy and khaki could be knocking on your door.
Walmart has decided to test a new delivery method where their store employees would be bringing packages to customers. The associates would get paid to drop off parcels on their way home from work. Two stores in New Jersey and one store in Arkansas are already giving it a go.
With 4,700 stores and over a million associates, it sure seems like Walmart has the manpower to pull this off. There’s actually a Walmart location within 10 miles of 90 percent of the U.S. population! Marc Lore, the president and CEO of Walmart U.S. eCommerce said this new delivery program would cut down on shipping costs and get packages to customers quicker.
“The best part is this gives our own associates a way to earn extra income on their existing drive home,” said Lore. According to Tech Crunch, Walmart associates that would like to participate will need to submit an extra background check, driving record, and proof of insurance.
Not only is the program not mandatory, but associates will be able to outline their preferences. They can use an app to mark which days they’re available to make deliveries, how many packages they can deliver, and the weight limit of those packages. Deliveries will be assigned based on their route home so that they’re not driving out of their way.
Amazon has consistently committed to hiring more employees, but many people worry that their factories full of robots and drone deliveries could take jobs away from humans. Do you think this move from Walmart could sway more customers their way? Let me know in the comments section below.