Walmart Begins Testing The Delivery Of Goods By Drones
The largest US supermarket chain Walmart today, September 9, begins testing delivery from its stores using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The retailer is partnering with Flytrex, a company that deals with such drones, and testing will begin today in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
UAVs will be managed via the cloud. They will pick up and deliver orders of products and other goods to the desired address. "We understand that it will be some time before we see millions of packages delivered by drones. It still feels like science fiction," said Tom Ward, Walmart's Senior Vice President of consumer products.
Last year, the American logistics company UPS was the first to receive permission from the US authorities to launch delivery using drones. Uber is going to start testing food delivery using UAVs this year. A few days ago, Amazon also received permission to use drones to deliver parcels in the United States.
The pilot launches today in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and focuses on delivering select grocery and household essential items from Walmart stores using Flytrex’s automated drones. The drones, which are controlled over the cloud using a smart and easy control dashboard, will help us gain valuable insight into the customer and associate experience, from picking and packing to takeoff and delivery.