Walmart expands drone delivery in Texas

Walmart is expanding its drone delivery service which will now be able to reach around three quarters of the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) population in the US state of Texas.

The company claims the service gives it the largest drone delivery footprint of any US retailer.

The delivery service, which will be rolled out to stores across over 30 towns and municipalities, will be powered by drone delivery companies Wing and Zipline which are both approved to fly their drones without a dedicated observer.

Walmart said delivery times are around 30 minutes and can take as little as 10 minutes in some cases.

Customers can order a wide range of items, such as baby wipes and cooking ingredients, as well as fragile items like eggs.

“This expansion will bring the ultimate convenience of drone delivery to communities across the DFW area,” said Prathibha Rajashekhar, senior vice president, innovation & automation, Walmart US. “Customers will have access to a broad assortment of items from Walmart available for delivery to their home in just minutes.

“Drone delivery is not just a concept of the future, it’s happening now and will soon be a reality for millions of additional Texans.”

Earlier this month, Walmart said it had completed 6,000 drone deliveries across seven states in the US. The multinational retail company now operates 36 drone delivery hubs, including locations in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, North Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Virginia.



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