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Thu Mar 28, 2013, 07:28 PM

Wal-Mart looking to "crowdsource" online deliveries...

(Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc is considering a radical plan to have store customers deliver packages to online buyers, a new twist on speedier delivery services that the company hopes will enable it to better compete with Amazon.com Inc.

Tapping customers to deliver goods would put the world's largest retailer squarely in middle of a new phenomenon sometimes known as "crowd-sourcing," or the "sharing economy."

A Plethora of start-ups now help people make money by renting out a spare room, a car, or even a cocktail dress, and Wal-Mart would in effect be inviting people to rent out space in their vehicle and their willingness to deliver packages to others.

Such an effort would, however, face numerous legal, regulatory and privacy obstacles, and Wal-Mart executives said it was at an early planning stage.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/28/us-retail-walmart-delivery-idUSBRE92R03820130328

More union-busting ideas brought to you by your neighborhood Wal-Mart...

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Reply Wal-Mart looking to "crowdsource" online deliveries... (Original post)
Earth_First Mar 2013 OP
JVS Mar 2013 #1
elehhhhna Mar 2013 #8
RKP5637 Mar 2013 #2
Politicalboi Mar 2013 #3
RKP5637 Mar 2013 #17
DinahMoeHum Mar 2013 #4
Comrade_McKenzie Mar 2013 #5
angstlessk Mar 2013 #12
bluestate10 Mar 2013 #13
Blue_Tires Mar 2013 #6
Earth_First Mar 2013 #9
olddots Mar 2013 #7
graham4anything Mar 2013 #14
angstlessk Mar 2013 #10
angstlessk Mar 2013 #11
KT2000 Mar 2013 #15
Generic Other Mar 2013 #16
Volaris Mar 2013 #18
Apophis Mar 2013 #19

Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 07:29 PM

1. This idea has deranged serial killer written all over it.

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Response to JVS (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 08:00 PM

8. most ridiculous idea since the USPS wanted their logo to be

 

GO POSTAL!

Not kidding. Upper management thought it was "funny" and "Cutting edge".

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 07:30 PM

2. Would I get a company car?

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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 07:45 PM

3. Can you ride a bike

 



Hopefully the bikes have baskets.

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Response to Politicalboi (Reply #3)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 09:21 PM

17. Just like China! Hey, if I'm good, maybe I'll get a used company bike? !!!

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 07:46 PM

4. Meh. Another reason I won't shop there.

n/t

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 07:53 PM

5. Not a bad idea, actually. nt

 

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Response to Comrade_McKenzie (Reply #5)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 08:14 PM

12. Not a bad idea..explain

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Response to Comrade_McKenzie (Reply #5)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 08:21 PM

13. Horrible idea.

Package delivery people likely won't be screened for criminal past or sexual deviation, ie, rape. Walmart would be wiser to go in full bore with the US Postal Service, have customers order online and have the USPS deliver. Delivery costs would be lower than FedEx and UPS and the USPS would get a good infusion of new cash.

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 07:56 PM

6. I like how every story lede says "have store customers deliver packages"

instead of "PAY store customers to deliver packages"

I'm really curious to know how they'd pull this off, and how this would be cheaper than conventional methods...

What about package theft? Liability? What happens when the package deliverer gets shot in the driveway in the next inevitable "Stand your ground" case?

Maybe I should back up to square one -- WHO in the name of HELL would even WANT to do this?? Most people's time and gasoline are worth more than a $10 gift card...

I swear to god, whatever Wal-Mart is offering people (for discussion's sake I'll say $10), I will offer $10.01 for that person to deliver meals to seniors or some other service that actually does GOOD for humanity...

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Response to Blue_Tires (Reply #6)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 08:02 PM

9. I'm with you...

The absolute last thing I'd want is my electronics (not that I am shopping Wal Mart period, much less for electronics...) is Jane/John Doe handling it.

"Hey, sorry about that ding in the corner of your television, it'll buff out..."

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 07:58 PM

7. How much enough Waltons ?

 

" well I owe my soul to the company store "

since Regan we've gone back 120 years .

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Response to olddots (Reply #7)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 08:22 PM

14. +1.

 

You got it.
And Walmart sells guns and drugs.
I wouldn't want some unknown unbonded person delivering anything, let alone those two things to me.

(and how will they know the item arrived?)

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 08:05 PM

10. I cannot make sense of this...have customers deliver to customers?

Whaaaat? I do not want some stranger showing up at my home who is not either a UPS person, a FedEx person or a postal employee..at least they are EMPLOYEED and less likely to steal that which they are supposed to deliver?

I guess this is sorta like a pizza delivery person...only they are if not employees, contractors...they do not use customers to make deliveries...IS THIS INSANE OR WHAT?

I recon WalMart knows their customers are poor and desperate..so they can abuse even them?

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 08:12 PM

11. Ok here ya go.."hey, according to your debit card you live on your way to xxx street, would you mind

stopping by and dropping off this diamond ring, we will give you a discount of $5.00 for gas money, watcha ya say"

WTF?

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 08:29 PM

15. this is a scam

of course there will be additional costs to the delivery person. They would have to pay for insurance that would cover their liability should there be an accident while delivering. If there is a biting dog incident, slippery steps etc. at the recipients house, are customers required to prove they have insurance to cover such things or will WalMart fight every case to the death?

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 09:02 PM

16. Don't you have to be bondable

to just be allowed to go knocking on people's doors like that?

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 03:00 AM

18. wal-mart corporate must think their shoppers are dumb enough to actually DO this for them..

Oh, WAIT. (i get it now)...

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 03:33 AM

19. Just what I want, a stranger to deliver my tv...to his own house.

 

FAIL.

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