For nearly two years, Walmart has been testing a drone delivery program in parts of the US. Now the company says it’s ready to expand that offering. By the end of the year, the retailer plans to add 34 sites to its existing DroneUp network. With the expansion, approximately 4 million homes in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Texas, Utah and Virginia will gain access to drone deliveries from the retailer. For a $4 delivery fee, you can order up to £10 worth of groceries and household items. If you use the service, Walmart says you can expect your package in “just” 30 minutes.
Walmart estimates that by the end of 2022 it will have the capacity to deliver 1 million packages by plane annually. It’s certainly an impressive milestone, but it sounds like the program isn’t profitable yet. The retailer notes that it will offer drone services to local governments and businesses. As just one example, Walmart suggests the drones could help construction companies with aerial photography in one location. “Not only will the additional revenue help offset delivery costs, but it will also serve the entire drone industry by collecting more flight data as we work together to expand drone business in a safe and regulated manner,” the company said. .
Walmart won’t be the only company to operate a drone delivery service in Texas. Alphabet’s Wing division recently expanded its program to include the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
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