Skip to comments.Wal-Mart may get customers to deliver packages to online buyers
Posted on 03/28/2013 1:21:50 PM PDT by grundleEdited 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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Nice sweater. /s Who in their right mind would buy sell or wear it?
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
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.
Sounds like a great way to give thieves, murderers, and rapists an opportunity to check out potential victims.
Odd. I just saw this thread after looking at the “People of Walmart” thread.
NOT a good idea!
Customers delivering packages to online buyers. What could possibly go wrong there?
I sense major theft in the foreseeable future.
Just a hunch.
works for my pizza!
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.
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.
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.
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.
“Hey Honey, would you drop this gas oven off at the Beth Israel Retirement Community?”
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.
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
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
do we have to pay extra to have our Coors delivered by one of Walmart’s famous 500 pound customer ladies?
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?
To me, the sweater is only slightly more offensive than a Che sweatshirt.
Just what I need, a package delivered via a “Hover-A-Round” scooter.
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.
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.
Grundle did you attach that photo to the article?
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.
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.
we have twins in diapers
We have a new son due on the 17th as well. We are a bit concerned.
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?
“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.
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.
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.
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.
Nice ipod you bought there. Mind if I borrow it? :-)