Reuters WalMart looking into crowdsourcing online delivery

Walmart is considering the slightly insane sounding idea of using its in-store customers to deliver online orders to help it compete with bricks and mortar-less competitors like Amazon, according to Reuters. The big box outfit currently ships internet purchases from just 25 of its stores using the likes of FedEx to handle delivery, but plans to drastically increase that number going forward. In theory, customers could sign up for the chore and drop packages off to customers who are on their route home in exchange for a discount. CEO Joel Anderson he could “see a path to where this is crowd-sourced,” adding that “this is at the brain-storming stage, but it’s possible in a year or two.” Naturally, there’s a gauntlet of insurance, theft, fraud and legal issues Walmart would need to run first — along with the slightly skeevy idea of having a random stranger show up with your packages.

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