Whether you love or loathe Walmart, the retail juggernaut may soon be delivering your stuff — regardless of where you shopped.
The retailer is launching Walmart GoLocal, which expands its delivery services far beyond its own goods. Any merchants willing to sign on the dotted line, from national retailers to local businesses, will be able to use Walmart's robust resources to speed their stuff to your door.
Those resources include more-innovative delivery methods, including drones and autonomous vehicles, as well as Walmart's Spark Driver service, which allows gig workers to set their own schedules and accept jobs via an app, much like Instacart, DoorDash, or Uber. The flexibility will allow Walmart to deliver even larger or more complex orders, the retailer says.
Of course, the move puts pressure on ecommerce juggernaut Amazon as well as shipping companies including FedEx and UPS. It could also chip away at business going to the U.S. Postal Service, which struggled with unprecedented shipping delays last holiday season.
Although Walmart says it has "established a number of contractual agreements with national and enterprise retail clients," it's mum on names, as well as pricing for the new service.