Walmart tests drone delivery in Arkansas
The company has been associated with Zipline International since 2020
Since 2020, Waltmart has been associated with Zipline International, a company dedicated to unmanned aerial vehicles that intends to deliver product orders . This opens up an opportunity for expansion to be used with other types of merchandise.
That is why the company has created delivery pilot programs to be able to provide the service . The latest program that uses drone technology is an instant delivery service that they are testing at the Neighborhood Market in Arkansas .
The project was announced in September 2020 and its novelty is that it allows deliveries to be made in less than an hour. This project is being tested, so if it is successful, Waltmart hopes to expand the system to other territories. In addition to supporting their services, they have built a 25-foot drone platform for take-off and landing.
"Zipline's autonomous aircraft presents an incredible opportunity to offer customers an on-demand delivery option for the items they need now, such as a thermometer, over-the-counter medication or an emergency diaper pack," said Tom Ward, vice president, Walmart US.
“Even more, Zipline's aircraft can help provide immediate access to needed items for hard-to-reach and at-risk populations , such as rural communities and elderly customers. As we bring this revolutionary technology to the rural community of Pea Ridge, Arkansas, we continue to look for ways to make shopping with Walmart convenient and easy for everyone, ”added Ward.
In tests used for specific customers, an order can be created to be delivered through the Zipline application. To do this, it is necessary that the client has requested the product so that later an associate will pick up the product and pack them to finally deliver to Zipline and that this later carry out the corresponding maneuvers to execute the shipment via drone .