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Wal-Mart may get customers to deliver packages to online buyers
Reuters ^ | March 28, 2013 | Alistair Barr and Jessica Wohl

Posted on 03/28/2013 1:21:50 PM PDT by grundle

Edited on 03/28/2013 2:53:05 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

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.

Online packages delivered by customers may never reach their destination, either through theft or fraud, the analyst said.

Such a crowd-sourced delivery service may not be as reliable as FedEx or United Parcel Service

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1 posted on 03/28/2013 1:21:50 PM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle

Nice sweater. /s Who in their right mind would buy sell or wear it?


2 posted on 03/28/2013 1:26:25 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: grundle

I dunno- Could be a neat idea...

You sign up, show your ID, if there are any packages to go you get paid a flat fee or something...

I would see it as a good way for kids to make a few extra buck- call ahead, see if there are any deliveries to go out, show up and make a few until you made some money

Worth a try, at least. I mean you would not hand out packages to people you haven’t identified and they would be paid


3 posted on 03/28/2013 1:26:42 PM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: grundle

They should consider trying to keep their shelves stocked. The last time I went to Wal-Mart they didn’t have several of the things I wanted.

For example we have twins in diapers and we love the Parents Choice Store brand diapers and wipes for their price and their quality. They didn’t have either in stock. They also seemed to have several shelves with large empty sections. Not good.


4 posted on 03/28/2013 1:27:12 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: grundle

Yikes!

Sounds like a great way to give thieves, murderers, and rapists an opportunity to check out potential victims.


5 posted on 03/28/2013 1:27:53 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Mr. K

Odd. I just saw this thread after looking at the “People of Walmart” thread.
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NOT a good idea!


6 posted on 03/28/2013 1:29:01 PM PDT by 21twelve ("We've got the guns, and we got the numbers" adapted and revised from Jim M.)
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To: grundle

Customers delivering packages to online buyers. What could possibly go wrong there?


7 posted on 03/28/2013 1:32:43 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'll stop being a cynic when the world stops giving me reasons to be cynical.)
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To: grundle

I sense major theft in the foreseeable future.

Just a hunch.


8 posted on 03/28/2013 1:34:24 PM PDT by Free Market Will Fix It
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To: Free Market Will Fix It

works for my pizza!


9 posted on 03/28/2013 1:36:42 PM PDT by satan69
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To: grundle
It just might work. People really are more honest than we give them credit for. Interesting idea.

Funny thing, I keep seeing that Walmart is not stocking their shelves or seem to be out of many things. I have not seen it here (Southern AZ) Well, except ammunition.

One thing our local store has instituted is have a goon at the door to inspect packages. NOT mine. In the past when they asked to see my receipt, I just told them, “No”. Now they have a sign up informing patrons that it is a new “policy”
Well again, NOT mine. If I pay for it, screw that clown at the door. But since I am not going to make a scene, this Wal-martian is now gonna become a K-martian.

10 posted on 03/28/2013 1:36:45 PM PDT by Tupelo (Old, Bald, Ugly, Fat and Broke in Arizona)
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To: grundle

Stupid idea. Where will the liability be if one of the delivery people assaults the recipient?

Perfect opportunity for a band of theives to collect names and addresses of people with big ticket items, and sell them to criminals, who pay them a visit.

Hard to trace back to the original delivery person.

Really dumb idea, given the reality of Walmart shoppers.


11 posted on 03/28/2013 1:38:10 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Pi$$ed off yet?)
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To: Tupelo
K-martian.

If yours is anything like ours, you certainly won't have to worry about crowding or lines. It's truly a zombie store, has been this way for years, can't hardly believe it stays in business.

12 posted on 03/28/2013 1:38:35 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Jim from C-Town

I read an article written by that group trying to organize at Walmart and they claim there’s not enough people to stock the shelves because they don’t have a union. What they don’t recognize is that Walmarts pay wages determined by the labor market in that particular area.


13 posted on 03/28/2013 1:40:14 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: grundle

“Hey Honey, would you drop this gas oven off at the Beth Israel Retirement Community?”


14 posted on 03/28/2013 1:41:10 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Tupelo

Legal liability, not STRAIGHTFORWARD dishonesty, will kill this idea.

WM customer gets in car accident deliverying package.

Liability waivers are worthless, especially against a company like Walmart.


15 posted on 03/28/2013 1:42:53 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: 21twelve

If i was in Walmart and they had a list of packages needing to be delivered and I saw something near my house, I would sure take it to make a quick $10 or something...

Its an interesting new idea- thats what I like most about it

If could be a MAJOR fail, I know that- but maybe you have to leave your ID and/credit card (you get charged if it is not delivered) or something


16 posted on 03/28/2013 1:42:59 PM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: Tupelo

I was at walmart last night and the shelves were not only stocked- but the aisles were nearly completely blocked by the arrival of new stock (I arrived after 10PM) that they were putting onto the shelves


17 posted on 03/28/2013 1:44:29 PM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: Jim from C-Town
we have twins in diapers

Prayers up.

/johnny

18 posted on 03/28/2013 1:48:53 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: grundle

do we have to pay extra to have our Coors delivered by one of Walmart’s famous 500 pound customer ladies?


19 posted on 03/28/2013 1:50:45 PM PDT by faithhopecharity (()
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To: grundle

Oh yeah, that’s what I want, a total stranger coming to my house to hand deliver something I ordered online. They expect background checks when you purchase weapons. How about background checks on the people who will be doing the delivering?


20 posted on 03/28/2013 1:54:59 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: rawcatslyentist

To me, the sweater is only slightly more offensive than a Che sweatshirt.


21 posted on 03/28/2013 1:58:23 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: grundle

Just what I need, a package delivered via a “Hover-A-Round” scooter.


22 posted on 03/28/2013 2:15:04 PM PDT by cicero2k
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To: 21twelve

In seeing how the left succeeds in brainwashing you against Walmart, we can see how they can bend America to their will so easily, the process is so simple, that “People of Walmart” idea was brilliant, conservatives would never have thought to do that to Home Depot, or Costco, or other stores who are union and/or anti-gun.


23 posted on 03/28/2013 2:17:30 PM PDT by ansel12 (The left's most effective quote-“I’m libertarian on social issues, but conservative on economics”)
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To: grundle

Used to have a buddy that worked at the corporate HQ for Wal-Mart. He worked his way up from stock boy. He was a Wal-Mart lifer that bled blue. He punched out about 5 years ago and said the MBAs that took over Wal-Mart after Sam passed away were going to destroy it, and that the Walton family members could care less as they were off enjoying Sam’s fortune.

A recent article said their shelves were empty because they won’t hire enough stockers. They have stuff piled to the ceiling in the back of the stores. The local managers have zero power and the entire company is at the mercy of the MBAs at the corporate HQ. Our entire country appears to be stuck on stupid when it comes to leadership, Wal-Mart is going to crash hard if they don’t clue in.


24 posted on 03/28/2013 2:19:22 PM PDT by Gen-X-Dad
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To: grundle

Grundle did you attach that photo to the article?


25 posted on 03/28/2013 2:20:48 PM PDT by ansel12 (The left's most effective quote-“I’m libertarian on social issues, but conservative on economics”)
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To: grundle

That was my first thought. They are going to be ripped off more than they are now. Let’s just hand it over to the thieves. I just heard on the news that Walmart is setting up special lockers for online buyers.


27 posted on 03/28/2013 2:28:16 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: grundle
"Such a crowd-sourced delivery service may not be as reliable as FedEx or United Parcel Service "

It would easily be more reliable than FedEx in my locale. FedEx won't deliver to this remote rural area without a lot of trouble despite its advertising and reacts to complaints by damaging products.


28 posted on 03/28/2013 2:32:10 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: mass55th

How about background checks on the people who will be doing the delivering?

UPS does background checks and finger printing. UPS delivery people must meet strict grooming standards and tats that show are discouraged. Photo ID must visible at all times.

Fed Ex and USPS are laxer on UPS standards in this regard.

29 posted on 03/28/2013 2:41:34 PM PDT by dancusa (Molon Labe)
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To: JRandomFreeper

we have twins in diapers
Prayers up.

/johnny

We have a new son due on the 17th as well. We are a bit concerned.


30 posted on 03/28/2013 3:21:17 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: cripplecreek

Yep. Either the on-line buyers or the customers making the deliveries could be dangerous or in danger.

What company would take on the liability?


31 posted on 03/28/2013 3:28:37 PM PDT by heartwood
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To: 21twelve

“Odd. I just saw this thread after looking at the “People of Walmart” thread.”

No kidding! Can you imagine going to your door to find a Walmartian with a package for you. With some of them, i’d call the cops immediately.


32 posted on 03/28/2013 3:28:40 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: Mr. K

If someone at Walmart said I’d get 10% off my groceries to pick up a small list for someone else and drop it off on the way home, I’d consider it.
If they are asking people to do that for free or chump change, no.


33 posted on 03/28/2013 3:37:06 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: Rusty0604; Jim from C-Town
The inventory issue is one created at Bentonville and has nothing to do with Unions. What it has to do with is a Nickle and Dime one box at a time inventory system. When Walmart first hit it big they kept items on hand. If it wasn't on the shelves it was likely back in the stockroom and a clerk would go look and see. Today if an item is not in stock it might be in the regional warehouse or they may wait till a few more stores run out and do a larger order from the manufacturer.

I've seen very weird shortages like 10W/30 motor oil. It doesn't do any good to talk to a manager they have very little say or control about when shipments come in. Walmart is loosing money because of this. Some items may come in the next day some may be weeks. Walmart Corp HQ who is doing this doesn't seem to care.

34 posted on 03/28/2013 5:26:14 PM PDT by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: grundle

Stoopid idea. There’s the obvious problem of theft, but in addition that that people are going to be exposed to more personal crime as well. Like I’d open my door to the losers I’ve seen run around WM.


35 posted on 03/28/2013 5:38:03 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers
Customers delivering packages to online buyers. What could possibly go wrong there?

Nice ipod you bought there. Mind if I borrow it? :-)

36 posted on 03/28/2013 6:57:52 PM PDT by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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