Walmart is introducing Spark Delivery, which taps a consortium of independent drivers, to help people across the US get their groceries across the last mile

Walmart is crowdsourcing drivers to help expand how far their grocery delivery range stretches with Spark Delivery, a last-mile delivery pilot.

Walmart has made a lot of strides this year to focus its delivery services on going further than ever before, with third-party partnerships with DoorDash, Postmates and Deliv. The company goal is to widen its delivery market to 100 metropolitan locations and 40% of U.S. households by the end of 2018. Spark Delivery is currently only in effect in New Orleans and Nashville with plans to expand this year.

The crowdsourcing aspect of Spark Delivery will be handled by Delivery Drivers, Inc., a transportation personnel solutions company, which will properly screen a consortium of independent vet drivers for the position. DDI drivers for Spark Delivery use Walmart’s in-house platform to schedule their availability, see incoming order details and get directions.

Spark Delivery will help Walmart increase its reach from being on every neighborhood corner in America to being at everyone’s front door as well.

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Walmart is crowdsourcing drivers to help expand how far their grocery delivery range stretches with Spark Delivery, a last-mile delivery pilot.

Walmart has made a lot of strides this year to focus its delivery services on going further than ever before, with third-party partnerships with DoorDash, Postmates and Deliv. The company goal is to widen its delivery market to 100 metropolitan locations and 40% of U.S. households by the end of 2018. Spark Delivery is currently only in effect in New Orleans and Nashville with plans to expand this year.