On Sept. 5, 2018, Walmart announced a new last-mile delivery pilot that explores an additional way to get groceries from stores to their customers’ doorsteps. The crowd-sourced platform allows the retail giant to learn more about the last-mile delivery process. It enables drivers to sign up for windows of time that work for their schedule as well as grocery delivery order details and navigation assistance among other options.
Spark is powered by Bringg, a leading delivery logistics technology platform and engages the services of independent drivers who partner with Delivery Drivers, Inc, a nationwide firm that specializes in last-mile contractor management, to complete deliveries.
“Our customers love Grocery Pickup and Delivery—it offers convenience paired with everyday low prices customers expect from us,” said Tom Ward, vice president, Digital Operations, Walmart US. “We’re always looking for the best ways to serve them, so we’re exploring a number of different options for getting groceries from our stores to the customer’s front door—some in-house, some third-party,” Ward said.
Spark Delivery is currently being piloted in Nashville and New Orleans with plans to roll out to a few more metro areas this year.