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Walmart rolls out last-mile delivery pilot

Walmart Inc. announced Sept. 5 that it launched a last-mile delivery pilot in Nashville, Tenn., and New Orleans as part of the expansion of its grocery delivery service.

The pilot, called Spark Delivery, uses a crowd-sourced, in-house platform that enables independent drivers who work under Delivery Drivers Inc., or DDI, to deliver orders that are suited to their schedules.

DDI manages the recruitment, screening and compensation of the drivers, who are paid per delivery.

The retailer expects to roll out Spark Delivery in a few more metro areas in 2018, the release said.

Walmart's goal is to expand its grocery delivery operations to service 100 metro areas by the end of 2018, which will cover 40% of U.S. households. In April, it teamed up with Postmates to extend the program, beginning in Charlotte, N.C.