In this episode, I’m chatting with Nav Chadha, Vice President of the Spark Driver platform. Spark Driver is Walmart’s proprietary delivery network, and in this episode, we’ll chat about how Spark Driver came to be, challenges and opportunities, Walmart’s Go Local program, and much more.

    Intro to Nav Chadha

    • Vice President of the Spark Driver platform
    • Joined Walmart in 2017 as a founding member of the last mile team
    • Spark Driver is Walmart’s largest local delivery service provider
    • Prior to Walmart, Nav ran a startup in India that provided last-mile delivery as a service to startups and small businesses

    Spark Driver

    • E-commerce is a large driver for Walmart as a whole
    • Realized customers wanted things delivered to their house, same day
    • Last mile delivery is ~15 miles (delivery range)
    • Key is giving reliable service first, second is fast service

    Becoming a Spark Driver

    • Flexibility, convenience and reliability of work
    • Many drivers do it in between other gigs or family priorities
    • Competitive earnings and wide availability (regularly adding new cities)
    • Curbside delivery, shop and deliver, etc. – variety of opportunities

    Why Delivering with Spark Driver is a Great Option for Small Market Drivers

    • Story of Walmart Spark is similar to the story of Walmart
    • Plenty of opportunities for drivers in smaller markets, suburbs, etc.
    • In some communities, Spark Driver is the only way to make a gig income

    What’s Next for Spark Driver?

    • New opportunities for customers and drivers
    • Optimizing convenience
    • Incorporating driver feedback
    • White label service – Go Local

    Show Notes

    Harry Campbell

    Harry Campbell

    I'm Harry, the owner and founder of The Rideshare Guy Blog and Podcast. I used to be a full-time engineer but now I'm a rideshare blogger! I write about my experience driving for Uber, Lyft, and other services and my goal is to help drivers earn more money by working smarter, not harder.