Walmart says it has begun testing using store employees to make last mile deliveries for online orders. The idea is an expansion on Walmart’s recently launched 2-day shipping program, which lets customers order from over 2 million online items for fast delivery without an annual membership. Walmart said it realized the same trucks could just as easily bring any Walmart.com or Jet.com ship-to-home orders to its stores, then allow the local staff to drive the products to customers’ homes.
The test started small. Only two stores are running this program. But Walmart is already touting how the early results are promising. For store employees who opt to sign up to do deliveries, it’s a way to earn extra cash, often by expanding their commute home a bit.
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