Walmart announced Wednesday that it is testing a pilot program with Spark Delivery, a crowd-sourced platform.
Walmart says the pilot will allow it to learn more about the full last-mile delivery process. It will use an in-house platform that provides drivers the ability to sign up for windows of time that work best for their schedule as well as grocery delivery order details, navigation assistance and more.
Components of Spark are powered by Bringg, a delivery logistics technology platform. It also engages the services of independent drivers who partner with Delivery Drivers, Inc., a nationwide firm that specializes in last-mile contractor management.
"We’re saving customers time by leveraging new technology, and connecting all the parts of our business into a single seamless shopping experience: great stores, easy pickup, fast delivery, and apps and websites that are simple to use," says Greg Foran, Walmart's president and CEO. "We’re serving our customers in ways that no one else can. Using our size and scale, we’re bringing the best of Walmart to customers across the country. Spark Delivery is one way we’re exploring how to get quality groceries from our door to our customers’ doors."