Walmart to test drones that may replace delivery vehicles in future

Walmart has accelerated the expansion of its pick-up and delivery services in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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| Updated on: 09 Sep 2020, 08:44 PM
Shoppers in the US may soon get their groceries delivered home by Walmart drones. (REUTERS)
Shoppers in the US may soon get their groceries delivered home by Walmart drones. (REUTERS)

Walmart Inc said on Wednesday it would run a pilot project for delivery of grocery and household products through automated drones, along with end-to-end delivery firm Flytrex, as the US retailer looks to beef up its delivery business.

Bentonville, Arkansas-based Walmart said the test would start on Wednesday in Fayetteville, North Carolina, with cloud-controlled drones picking up and dropping off select items.

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"We know that it will be some time before we see millions of packages delivered via drone. That still feels like a bit of science fiction," Tom Ward, senior vice-president, customer products, said in a statement.

The company has accelerated the expansion of its pick-up and delivery services in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, as virus-wary consumers increasingly prefer having items delivered at their doorsteps.

Walmart, whose US online sales doubled in the second quarter, has previously partnered with Ford Motor Co and self-driving vehicle startups Gatik and Nuro to explore delivery through autonomous vehicles.

First Published Date: 09 Sep 2020, 08:44 PM IST
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