Walmart has officially given the green light for drone deliveries in several Dallas cities according to a Drug Store News article which reports,
“Drone delivery makes it possible for our customers to shop those last-minute or forgotten items with ease, in a package that’s frankly really cool. Being on the forefront of that innovation at Walmart is something we’re proud of,” said Vik Gopalakrishnan, vice president, innovation & automation at Walmart U.S. “It may seem like a futuristic option, but it’s giving our customers what they’ve always wanted, and that’s time back to focus on what is most important to them.”
We are thankful to Walmart and DroneUp for investing in our scholars and providing an enlightening experience,” said Principal Letrice Portley. “This donation will absolutely put these students on the path to success, showcasing the powerful impact community-school partnerships have on the lives of our future leaders, thinkers and innovators.
“Our mission is to set the gold standard for drone delivery and by partnering with Walmart, bring the incredible benefits that drones offer to local communities, organizations and businesses,” said Tom Walker, CEO of DroneUp. “Our approach is unique; we practice safety above all else and incorporate state-of-the-art technology. Our strong relationship with the FAA has also been critical to our success as we build an infrastructure that supports growth and great career programs for operators now and in the future.”
The drone delivery system is not complicated but it does provide certain instructions and limitations according to an Electronic 360 article which reports,
“Those customers living within a mile of the 11 stores will be able to place orders through DroneUp’s website where they can deliver more than 10,000 eligible Walmart items weighing up to 10 lb.
There is no minimum order, and the delivery fee is $3.99.
The drones are operated by a team of certified pilots operating within Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidelines to manage flight operations. The deliveries are dropped off in the safest location in the home such as the front- or backyard or a driveway.”
Currently, there are 8 cities but Walmarts aims to have 23 cities available for drone delivery before 2023 comes.