Walmart autonomous drone delivery takes flight, dropping orders in 30 minutes


Aaron Nolan, NewsNation Now (IL)

Nov 19, 202


BENTONVILLE, Ark. (NewsNation Now) — As Americans race to the holiday season, Walmart is unveiling a new pilot program that could deliver packages in as little as 30 minutes.


Walmart has partnered with Zipline, the drone delivery startup that first launched with emergency medical deliveries in Rwanda, to launch autonomous deliveries to shoppers in Pea Ridge, Arkansas.


The service will make deliveries of select health and wellness and consumable items from the Walmart Neighborhood Market in Pea Ridge, according to a news release.


“Zipline’s autonomous aircraft presents an incredible opportunity to offer customers an on-demand delivery option for the items they need now, such as a thermometer, non-prescription medication or an emergency pack of diapers,” said Tom Ward, senior vice president, Last Mile Delivery, Walmart U.S.


Liam O’Connor, Zipline COO, said the drone delivery system would be a game-changer.


“It’s unbelievable to see it happen for the first time, over the course of history as a big inflection point for the drone industry in general and that Pea Ridge will have a very important place on the map of the history of drones in the U.S,” O’Connor said.


According to the news release, all customers need to do is download the Zipline app, select which products they would like to receive and select a delivery time at checkout.


Like Walmart pick-up, a store associate gathers the items and delivers them to the Zipline crew, preparing them for delivery. Customers started placing orders Thursday and can track their drone’s status on the app...


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