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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Wal-Mart Retail by Drone

Have my doubts about the last 100yards, but they seem to be serious in their testing. 

Walmart is now delivering diapers and food by drone (if you live close to this Arkansas store)  in TheVerge

Zipline delivered from one store; DroneUp partnership adds three more

By Sean Hollister@StarFire2258 

Just last week, Walmart made headlines by launching its first commercial US drone delivery service within a 50-mile radius of Pea Ridge, Arkansas — dropping parachute-laden packages from an autonomous Zipline plane to a “hand-selected group of recipients.” Now, it’s already expanding those drone deliveries in another, small way: customers who live in Farmington, Arkansas, can now order small items like cans of tuna, baby supplies, and paper plates starting today. That’s thanks to a partnership with DroneUp, which will also provide drone delivery stations in Rogers, AR and Bentonville, AR “in the coming months.”

While it’s kind of exciting for drone delivery watchers, you should know that it’s also very much baby steps. DroneUp’s traditional quadcopters only deliver within a one-mile radius of a Walmart store — and all three of these stores are within the same region that Zipline already announced it would serve. They do, however, lower their packages down on cables rather than dropping them from the sky.  .... ' 

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