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Why Walmart farms out same-day grocery delivery to freelance drivers

The amount that drivers are paid is determined largely by the distance from a store to the shopper's home or location


Jeff Leonard slides behind the wheel of his burgundy Honda Accord and heads to a nearby Walmart Inc store, where he picks up the package of groceries waiting for him. Roughly an hour later, the 62-year-old delivers vegetables, flavored water and cleaning supplies to a shopper's front door. It is one of nearly 100 such Walmart deliveries for Leonard since July, when he first signed up to courier for the world's largest retailer. But he does not wear a uniform or collect a traditional paycheck. He is not on Walmart's staff. Leonard is one of hundreds of local ...

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First Published: Thu, February 14 2019. 23:31 IST