Walmart partners with Google parent for drone delivery

By: Trademagazin editor Date: 2023. 09. 05. 09:40

The drone technology subsidiary of Google parent Alphabet will support deliveries via drone at select Walmart stores.

Walmart, which initially launched drone-based deliveries from three stores in Northwest Arkansas in late 2021, now offers it across seven states and 36 stores, and says it has completed more than 10,000 safe deliveries. Now the discounter is teaming up with Wing, an on-demand drone delivery provider powered by Google’s parent company, Alphabet.

Walmart will offer the service from two stores in the Dallas metro area in the coming months, enabling the retailer to reach an additional 60,000 homes. Utilizing drones that can fly beyond visual line of sight, Walmart says it can provide on-demand delivery for customers living within an approximate six-mile range of the stores that offer the service.

A Walmart Supercenter in Frisco, Texas, will be the first to store to launch delivery via Wing drones, joining the retailer’s existing network of 11 drone hubs already operating in the Dallas area.

Once operations begin, customers will be able to download the Wing app for iOS or Android device and enter their address to determine if their home is within the Wing drone delivery range. Customers will be able to order items like frozen treats, household essentials, last-minute meal solutions, and fragile items like eggs.

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