Walmart is expanding its grocery delivery options with a new US last-mile delivery pilot.
Spark Delivery is a crowd-sourced delivery platform that enables delivery drivers to sign up for the time windows that work best for them. It also provides order details, navigation assistance and other features, and gives Walmart insight into the last-mile delivery process.
Components of Spark are powered by Bringg, a delivery logistics technology platform, and the service utilizes independent drivers who partner with Delivery Drivers Inc. (DDI), which administers driver management for Spark.
Drivers are paid by the delivery. Through DDI they have access to services and information including assistance in understanding order flow, group discounts and a Contractor Entrepreneurial Program that helps drivers establish their own small businesses.
Spark Delivery is currently being piloted in Nashville and New Orleans, with plans to roll out to a few more metro areas this year.
Walmart’s grocery delivery service is available in nearly 50 US markets including Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Miami and Seattle.