Walmart has formed a new partnership, which will allow the retail giant to deliver orders to customers by air.
In a continued partnership with tech startup DroneUp, Walmart will begin delivering via drone. The service will run seven days a week between 8AM and 8PM, dropping packages in customers’ driveways or backyards. Walmart says that it will have flight engineers on staff to “control and guide each delivery” to guarantee orders arrive safely.
Earlier in the pandemic, during 2020, Walmart began working with DroneUp, as well as Quest Diagnostics, testing drone delivery in small regions. The company delivered at-home Covid-19 testing kits to customers’ backyards and driveways in North Las Vegas and Cheektowaga, New York.
For the time being, the service will be limited to eligible customers in Arkansas. There is currently only one store participating- a Farmington, AR store- meaning that customers must live within a 1.15 mile radius from the store. The products delivered will also be limited to health-related products, such as thermometers and cough syrup.
“When we invested in DroneUp earlier this year, we envisioned a drone delivery operation that could be quickly executed and replicated across multiple stores,” Tom Ward, a senior vice president at Walmart said. “Opening our first hub within months of our initial concept showcases DroneUp’s ability to safely execute drone delivery operations with speed.”
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