According to an exclusive with Reuters, Wal-Mart Stores Inc is considering a radical plan to have store customers deliver packages to online buyers, a new twist on speedier delivery services that the company hopes will enable it to better compete with Amazon.com Inc.
This new choice of delivery would launch Wal-Mart into the ever-popular and growing crowdsourcing movement.
According to the story, Wal-Mart would be inviting people to rent out space in their vehicle while possibly taking on considerable legal obstacles, such as privacy issues and liability for lost packages or criminal acts committed by customers acting as delivery persons. The corporation is banking on the willingness of customers to take on responsibility for a small discount at the store.
Wal-Mart would offer a discount on the customers' shopping bill, effectively covering the cost of their gas in return for the delivery of packages, said the release, as compensation.
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