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Walmart begins drone deliveries in North Carolina


Josh Spires, DroneDJ

Sep. 10th 2020


Walmart has begun its limited drone delivery service in Fayetteville, North Carolina. For now, Walmart will only be delivering select groceries by drones as a part of a trial run to test the system and make sure itís ready to go mainstream.


From today, if you live in Fayetteville, North Carolina, you can get your groceries delivered by drone. The drones are from drone delivery company Flytrex and will be flown using a cloud-based system. Unlike other drone delivery networks, the drones will deliver the goods right to the customerís door rather than a nearby depot or pick-up point.


The point of this pilot program is for Walmart to collect valuable data on the customerís acceptance of a drone delivering goods, the overall experience of getting goods delivered by drone, and if it makes sense to continue delivering groceries by drone.


Tom Ward, senior vice president, customer product, Walmart, said:


††† At the end of the day, itís learnings from pilots such as this that will help shape the potential of drone delivery on a larger scale, and true to the vision of our founder, take Walmart beyond where weíve been.


Ward went on to say that they donít expect drone deliveries to take off like current delivery methods, but itís more so that the technology is available and can be experimented with to make it perfect in the future. He also pointed to the autonomous vehicle work Walmart undertook with Gatik, Ford, and Nuro, which allowed all parties involved to gain valuable data and learn how to better do it in the future.


Contactless delivery and efficiency drones have gained more traction than they would have gained before the pandemic.


The drone created by Flytrex is capable of flying at 32 miles per hour and can fly a distance of 3.5 miles and back at an altitude of 230 feet. It can carry up to 6.6 pounds of groceries ó around six to eight hamburgers ó in winds of up to 18 miles per hour.


You can watch the Walmart delivery drone in action below...


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Walmart Drone Delivery May Happen Sooner Than Later



September 9, 2020


Walmart is in the testing phase of making deliveries of groceries via drone. Could we be seeing drone grocery deliveries coming to Cheyenne in the near future?


The best answer to that is probably...maybe. As the business of grocery deliveries has increased exponentially due to the ongoing pandemic, Walmart has partnered with the drone-delivery company Flytrex, and will test drone deliveries of groceries in the market of Fayettevile, North Carolina.


The delivery service will be available to bring 'select grocery and household essential items' to its customers. The move to test the new service comes after Walmart saw their e-commerce sales double during the last quarter, mainly due to the pandemic. Online retailers such as Amazon and Target have seen surges in their sales as well. Amazon has also recently received FAA approval for their own drone delivery.


In a recent news release, Walmart said:


††† We know that it will be some time before we see millions of packages delivered via drone. 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.