Morning Advantage: Walmart Wants You to Deliver Packages

Morning Advantage: Walmart Wants You to Deliver Packages author Webmaster1 On: 04/01/2013 Views: 30

 

 

If you shop at Walmart, you may soon be able to add “courier” to your resume. In an effort to compete with Amazon, Walmart is considering a plan to have store customers deliver packages to online customers. While the company currently uses carriers such as FedEx for online deliveries, Joel Andersen, chief executive of Walmart.com, told Reuters that he sees “a path to where this is crowd-sourced.” How would it work? Walmart shoppers could sign up to drop off packages to online customers who live along their route back home, in exchange for “a discount on the customers' shopping bill, effectively covering the cost of their gas in return for the delivery of packages” (which Katie J.M. Baker over at Jezebel points out is “a lot cheaper than paying workers a livable wage (plus benefits) for the same job”).

Reuters reporters Alistair Barr and Jessica Wohl touch on several obstacles that Walmart would have to overcome to implement the plan, such as theft, fraud, and licensing and insurance hurdles, to name a few. Matt Nemer, a retail analyst at Wells Fargo Securities, told them that the likelihood of this plan being adopted across Walmart’s 4,000 U.S. stores is low. But, Jeff McAllister, senior vice president of Walmart U.S. innovations, says that “it's possible in a year or two.”

SHERYL SANDBERG'S CRUSADE AGAINST NOT-WORK

Feminism’s Tipping Point: Who Wins from Leaning in? (Dissent Magazine)

Yes, yes, we've all seen enough responses already to Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In. But this one from Dissent, by Facebook veteran Kate Losse, whose final job at the company was as Mark Zuckerberg's speechwriter, is different. Losse writes that the overriding theme of the book is that "work will save us." But from what? "By taking note of the forms of human activity that do not appear in Lean In, we see that what work will save us from is not-work: pleasure and other nonproductive pastimes." The debate the book should be unleashing is less about feminism, Losse argues, than whether work truly should be as all-consuming as Sandberg apparently thinks it should be. "The loser in the Lean In vision of work isn’t one version of feminism or another ... but uncapitalized, unmonetized life itself." Notably, when Losse published her critical review of Lean In, she received a nastygram from Sandberg spokeswoman and former Facebook executive Brandee Barker, who told her: "There's a special place in hell for you." — Justin Fox

BACK TO THE LAB AGAIN

Present at the Creation: Putting Creativity Tips to the Test (Boston Magazine)

Beth Altringer, a lecturer at Harvard, wrote this delightful feature for Boston Magazine in which she attempts to be creative by following the advice of a plethora of studies on how to be creative. She tries drinking beer in the shower and working in a blue room (she coins the term "bluetiful" in the process but doesn't actually get anything done), among other tactics. It's a fun romp through the creativity industry, and is actually more inspiring than it is disparaging. Enjoy. — Gretchen Gavett

BONUS BITS:

A Penny Saved...

Your 401K Is Out to Get You (The Atlantic)
Bitcoin May Be the Global Economy’s Last Safe Haven (Bloomberg Businessweek)
The (86,000) Budget-Cutting Ideas That Got Away (The Washington Post)

 

 



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