Walmart is taking to the skies in a big way as it ramps up its 30-minute drone delivery program. The retailer, along with partner his DroneUp, currently operates drone delivery hubs in his seven states, including: Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, North Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia.
Walmart has completed more than 6,000 deliveries for customers in the past year. The top five drone-delivered items are Value Cookies and Cream Ice Cream, 2-Pound Bag of Lemons, Hot Rotisserie Chicken with Guaranteed Freshness, Red Bull, and Bounty Select. -size paper towels. According to the retailer, 85% of the items in Walmart Neighborhood Markets meet the 10-pound weight and volume requirements for drone delivery.
“We are extremely proud of the team that has created the largest drone delivery footprint of any U.S. retailer, providing customers with incredibly fast and innovative delivery options,” said Walmart US Innovation and said Vik Gopalakrishnan, Vice President of Automation. We are encouraged by the positive response from our customers and look forward to making even more progress in 2023. ”
walmart brought 3 of those states December online including Arizona, Florida, Texas. Shoppers in the Phoenix, Tampa, Orlando and Dallas areas will be able to place orders for drone delivery, according to the retailer. We are uniquely positioned to offer drone deliveries at scale and offer even more customers the option of drone delivery in the years to come.
As part of that, DroneUp Drones are guided by certified pilots operating in accordance with FAA guidelines. Each shipping hub has different guidelines for shipping areas, ranging from a quarter mile to a mile from a particular store.
“Our mission is to set the gold standard for drone delivery and partner with Walmart to bring the incredible benefits that drones provide to communities, organizations and businesses,” said Virginia-based Dr. explains Tom Walker, CEO of DroneUp, which puts “Our approach is unique. We put safety first and incorporate state-of-the-art technology. Our strong relationship with the FAA also provides an infrastructure that supports current and future operator growth and excellent career programs. Building the structure is critical to our success.”
eEvery week, approximately 230 million customers and members visit over 10,500 Walmart stores under 46 banners in 24 countries and numerous e-commerce websites. Headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas, the company employs approximately 2.3 million people worldwide. walmart usa The PG 100, #1 on Progressive Grocer’s 2022 list. Top North American Food and Consumables Retailer.