Walmart testing drones for delivery of household items, groceries in Fayetteville
ABC 11 Raleigh-Durham (NC)
Sep 9, 2020
Walmart launched a pilot program Wednesday using drones to deliver groceries and household essentials in Fayetteville.
The retail giant is using drones from Flytrex and it says it hopes to gain insight into customers' and its workers' experience with the technology.
Tom Ward, senior vice president of customer products at Bentonville, Arkansas-based Walmart, acknowledged that it will be a while before drones are widely used for package deliveries.
"That still feels like a bit of science fiction, but we're at a point where we're learning more and more about the technology that is available and how we can use it to make our customers' lives easier," Ward wrote in a corporate blog.
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Walmart launches on-demand drone delivery pilot. But it might take time before drones deliver your next order
Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY
Sep 9, 2020
Your future Walmart order might be delivered via drone.
The retail giant announced the launch of an on-demand drone delivery pilot program in Fayetteville, North Carolina Wednesday with Flytrex, an end-to-end drone delivery company.
In a blog post, Tom Ward, Walmart senior vice president of customer products, said the pilot focuses on delivering select grocery and household essential items from Walmart stores using Flytrex’s automated drones.
"The drones, which are controlled over the cloud using a smart and easy control dashboard, will help us gain valuable insight into the customer and associate experience – from picking and packing to takeoff and delivery," Ward said.
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But if you're outside of Fayetteville, don't start looking to the sky for future Walmart orders just yet.
"We know that it will be some time before we see millions of packages delivered via drone," Ward said. "That still feels like a bit of science fiction, but we’re at a point where we’re learning more and more about the technology that is available and how we can use it to make our customers’ lives easier."