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Walmart one of America's biggest employers is dipping into the so called gig economy instead of hiring workers for to expand the grocery delivery service Walmart is using local independent drivers who work for delivery start ups around the country Walmart it all boils down to being able to meet the growing demand for delivery service without actually investing in the labor needed to make the service work says Reuters correspondent ninety doubles this obviously %HESITATION %HESITATION has huge rebel Christians from for the industry overall because they're the world's largest retailer %HESITATION isn't is is not hiring %HESITATION for their logistics and transportation business and for their delivery services and instead kind of relying on third party companies to do this for them %HESITATION the reason is obviously cost the other big reason is that they're trying to avoid liability from labor related lawsuits %HESITATION which which are growing in number Walmart charges shoppers up to a ten dollar delivery fee on a minimum purchase of thirty dollars and while the math works for the retailer it's not so lucrative for the drivers a lot of them do it as side gigs but a lot of them are also dependent on aid as %HESITATION %HESITATION for for their regular income to support their families nearly two dozen drivers %HESITATION that we spoke to were made were making about between seven to ten dollars an hour which is lesser than the eleven dollars that Walmart has deemed a minimum wage for its own employees a lot of these guys also making less than seven seven twenty five dollars an hour which is really less than the federal minimum wage those low rates may hurt Walmart's ambitions in the long run Amazon the leader in the grocery delivery business is paying freelance drivers eighteen dollars an hour or more which means Walmart may have to dig deeper as it tries to compete for labor and hit targets to expand the delivery service two hundred cities across the U. S.