Uber and Lyft Drivers Might Soon Be Moving Onions and Cheese around Town

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You're probably a busy person, even though the fact you're reading this would indicate otherwise. Don't get us wrong, we're happy you're here, just saying you might want to think twice before complaining about not having enough time. Don't worry, though, we all do that just before we hit the F5 key on a Facebook tab.
Time is quickly becoming the most valuable commodity of the 21st century, and unfortunately, it is also the only one that money (or anything else) can't buy. Well, that's not entirely true, depending on how you choose to look at the problem.

Money might not make the clock stop ticking, but it could free you up of some chores and enable you to do something else instead. We've been paying people to clean up our houses for years, and it's not because we don't know how to do it, but because it's tedious and we'd rather watch grass growing than vacuum the living room.

Speaking of grass, it would appear not everybody enjoys picking up groceries from the store. Browsing the supermarket aisles with a shopping cart in front has long been a favorite pastime for most American housewives, but things are changing, housewives are now workingwives, and they would rather do something else with their time.

Here is where services like AmazonFresh move in, offering last-mile delivery options for people who like to do their shopping browsing online. And who can blame them when the two options are having to stop by the store and be late half an hour, or be home early and spend the time with the family?

It would appear that traditional retail chains are fighting back, and Walmart has just announced a pilot partnership with ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft to try out grocery delivery using their services. The program is to start in two U.S. cities - Denver and Phoenix - and, if proven successful, will later expand.

The great advantage is the already wide-spread penetration of Uber and Lyft, which means that Wal-Mart wouldn't have to invest in infrastructure. The delivery charge for the customer is estimated at anything between $7 and $10, but more information will transpire during the next two weeks, when the program is scheduled to start.

In a blog post on the subject, COO of Walmart Global eCommerce Michael Bender said: “We’ll start small and let our customers guide us, but testing new things like last-mile delivery allow us to better evaluate the various ways we can best serve our customers how, when and where they need us."
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