Walmart: Using local people for shipping

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Walmart: Using local people for shipping

I find this too risky. Using local people to deliver packages in order to get a discount at Walmart??

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/28/us-retail-walmart-delivery-idUSBRE92R03820130328

 


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digitalbeachbum wrote:I find

digitalbeachbum wrote:

I find this too risky. Using local people to deliver packages in order to get a discount at Walmart??

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/28/us-retail-walmart-delivery-idUSBRE92R03820130328

 

What do you find so risky about it? 

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Very interesting. I wonder

Very interesting. I wonder how successful it'll be.
Can't be much worse than the post office. Might even be better.

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I find this too risky. Using local people to deliver packages in order to get a discount at Walmart??

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/28/us-retail-walmart-delivery-idUSBRE92R03820130328

 

What do you find so risky about it? 

Insurance and liability?


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Vastet wrote:Very

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Very interesting. I wonder how successful it'll be. Can't be much worse than the post office. Might even be better.

I hope they do background checks on the people involved.


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They've stated that they'll

They've stated that they'll be dealing with that stuff. You'll have to give your name/address as they'll be looking to have customers drop things on their way home; which also ensures that if something goes wrong they can properly investigate. And since many states require a couriers license and or other licenses in order to be permitted by law to be a courier, giving false information should not be a significant issue.

It'll still be a few years before they bring this out, if they even will. Certainly worth keeping an eye on though.

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Well lets see Wall Mart be

Well lets see Wall Mart be as decent as COSTCO. But that is as likely as God scraping the concept of hell.

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Brian37 wrote:Well lets see

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Well lets see Wall Mart be as decent as COSTCO. But that is as likely as God scraping the concept of hell.

COSTCO's business model is to have fewer high quality employees than Walmart. Walmarts' business is to have more employees but have lower standards for whom they hire. Costco offers more employee benefits but it is also harder for low skill/low experience people to get hired there. So if companies are forced to pay benefits as does Costco, they'll hire a lot few employees.

So the bottom line is if companies behave more like Costco, they'll be a lot fewer jobs for those that need a job the most. Plus how are the poor supposed to afford the membership fee at Costco? Costco does this because they only target the middle class and rich. They don't want to service the poor as customers as does Walmart.

So where do you suggest these people that would loose there job go? Are you going to pay their bills? Do you ever consider the unintended consequences of your political positions?

Costco: 97.062 billion Revenue, 174,000 Employees. 1793 Employees/Billion in revenue.

Walmart: 446.95 Billion revenue, 2.2 million Employes. 4922 Employees/Billion in revenue.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walmart

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digitalbeachbum wrote:Beyond

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I find this too risky. Using local people to deliver packages in order to get a discount at Walmart??

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/28/us-retail-walmart-delivery-idUSBRE92R03820130328

 

What do you find so risky about it? 

Insurance and liability?

I don't see how it is any different than any other delivery service such as Pizza delivery, which has similar issues. I am not certain that their model of reimbursement will be sufficient to attract enough people to be able to provide consistent service, but maybe it is.  

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Vastet wrote:Very

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Very interesting. I wonder how successful it'll be. Can't be much worse than the post office. Might even be better.

Don't know how it is in Canada, but the US Post Office.....SUCKS

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Not much better, if at all.

Not much better, if at all. I have extremely limited experience with the US postal service though, so I could be completely off.

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Beyond Saving wrote:I don't

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I don't see how it is any different than any other delivery service such as Pizza delivery, which has similar issues. I am not certain that their model of reimbursement will be sufficient to attract enough people to be able to provide consistent service, but maybe it is.  

 

Big difference from delivering a big screen TV from a pizza.

 


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digitalbeachbum wrote:Beyond

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I don't see how it is any different than any other delivery service such as Pizza delivery, which has similar issues. I am not certain that their model of reimbursement will be sufficient to attract enough people to be able to provide consistent service, but maybe it is.  

 

Big difference from delivering a big screen TV from a pizza.

 

I don't think they have any intention of using this method of delivery for big screen tvs. You do know that Walmart carries a lot of small stuff? This is meant to supplement/replace UPS and Fedex for all their small packages- you know the ones that come in the small truck and a single carrier brings it to your door. I imagine for the big stuff like tvs and furniture, they will continue to use their truck freight where you set up an appointment and you pay extra if you want the driver to even take it out of the truck, more if you want it brought inside your house and more if you want it carried upstairs.  

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I don't see how it is any different than any other delivery service such as Pizza delivery, which has similar issues. I am not certain that their model of reimbursement will be sufficient to attract enough people to be able to provide consistent service, but maybe it is.  

 

Big difference from delivering a big screen TV from a pizza.

 

I don't think they have any intention of using this method of delivery for big screen tvs. You do know that Walmart carries a lot of small stuff? This is meant to supplement/replace UPS and Fedex for all their small packages- you know the ones that come in the small truck and a single carrier brings it to your door. I imagine for the big stuff like tvs and furniture, they will continue to use their truck freight where you set up an appointment and you pay extra if you want the driver to even take it out of the truck, more if you want it brought inside your house and more if you want it carried upstairs.  

One would think that is logical, but look at some of the fuckwads running the world today... you never know.


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I don't think tv's would be

I don't think tv's would be an issue. If Walmart is anything like most electronics stores then they already have a service for delivery and instalation, with instalation being the prime focus (Most tvs are extremely light these days. Only plasmas really have weight to them, and plasmas suck ass).
I can't see them going with untrained customers being sent into other customers homes. That's a whole new level of liability.

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