Starting next year, certain Walmart orders will literally fly to your door.
The retailer announced a trial run with medical supply drone delivery company Zipline early Monday. Only medical and health and wellness products from Walmart will be part of the pilot program and it’ll only be in Northwest Arkansas in early 2021.
The drones will cover a 50-mile radius around Walmart headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas. They can haul up to four pounds of cargo and fly up to 80 mph.
Items ordered online or through the Walmart app are placed into a Zipline delivery box which attaches to the drone. The products, whether headache medicine or disinfecting wipes, come from a nearby Walmart store. The order then flies a preprogrammed route to the customer’s door where the box parachutes down. The drone returns back to a hub or base. Read more…