I published a piece yesterday about the evolution of our Spark Driver platform, highlighting its growth and looking to its future. But one thing about the platform has never changed: the incredible independent contractors who deliver for Walmart customers every day. We’re celebrating the platform’s fifth anniversary by celebrating five of the people who make it what it is.
From day one of launch in 2018, Mohamed began fulfilling orders on the Spark Driver platform. Since moving to Virginia Beach, Virginia from Casablanca, Morocco several years ago, Mohamed had dabbled on various gig platforms, but Spark Driver soon became his favorite.
He loves the consistency of trips in his city and has gotten to know many of the customers making frequent purchases by name.
“You share your story with them,” he said. “I can help people in need. Elderly people who can’t go to stores, they really appreciate it.”
Time with family is also very important to Mohamed, and he structures his deliveries around the needs of his loved ones.
“You can stop any time you want. You can finish any time you want. Take time to do a lot of different things. While my son is at the gym, I fulfill a trip in between,” he said.
Based in Glen Allen, Virginia, Azmat has been on the Spark Driver platform since the beginning, and loves that as an independent contractor, he is not tied to a desk.
The customers he delivers to appreciate his prompt, pleasant service and excellent communication. But it’s not just customers – he’s made friends in stores, too.
“The store associates also like us, because we are very honest and very punctual,” Azmat said. “We make sure to deliver the food right away without making stops on the way. A good customer experience helps to grow the [retailer’s] business, and they really appreciate that.”
Another shining example of a driver making a positive impact is Marianne. She has been driving on the platform since the first day it launched in Springfield, Missouri. Not a stranger to retail or the gig economy, Marianne quickly realized the Spark Driver platform could make a perfect fit for her lifestyle. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Marianne recently became the primary caretaker of four of her six grandchildren, and she loves the flexibility that the Spark Driver platform provides for her to make money around her busy schedule.
Her husband also logs into the app early some mornings as a side hustle, and he’s not the only one Marianne has encouraged to sign up. A few years ago, she told Bryan about her enjoyment of driving on the Spark Driver platform. He signed up and began making deliveries soon after.
“The main thing I enjoy is just the freedom of when I work and how I work,” Bryan said. “You can literally travel all over and do this, so that’s a nice plus.”