Walmart Grocery Deliveries by Drone
Walmart's Online Business Has Doubled
On Demand Drones
Walmart is beefing up its delivery services with on-demand drones. It just announced that it's launching a pilot program delivering groceries and other household items by drones. The pilot program is being done in partnership with the drone delivery service Flytrex. The world's biggest retailer is flying the grocery deliveries using Flytrex automated drones.
Drone deliveries started today in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Cloud-controlled drones are picking up and dropping off select items. In a blog post, Walmart SVP of Customer Products Tom Ward said the drones are controlled over the cloud using a smart and easy control dashboard. Through the drone delivery service in Fayetteville, Walmart hopes to gain insights into customer and staff drone experiences "from pickup and packing to takeoff and landing".
Because of the COVID pandemic, shoppers prefer having items delivered to their homes rather than risking exposure to the virus by shopping in stores. Walmart has seen its online sales in Q2 2020 double and it has been expanding its pickup and delivery services. Walmart has also partnered with Ford and Nuro to explore deliveries by autonomous vehicles. A few other companies including Amazon Prime have been cleared by the FAA to make drone deliveries.