Two years ago, Walmart embarked on a journey to make drone delivery a reality for customers. Over that time, the company has grown to offer it across seven states and 36 stores, completing more than 10,000 safe deliveries.
Walmart is continuing that momentum by teaming up with Wing, an on-demand drone delivery provider powered by Google’s parent company, Alphabet. The service will be offered from two stores in the Dallas metro area in the coming months, enabling us to reach an additional 60,000 homes.
“Working with Wing directly aligns with our passion for finding innovative and eco-friendly last-mile delivery solutions to get customers the items they want, when they want them,” said Prathibha Rajashekhar, senior vice president of innovation and automation for Walmart U.S. “With drones that can fly beyond visual line of sight, we’re able to unlock on-demand delivery for customers living within an approximate six-mile range of the stores that offer the service.”
The Walmart Supercenter in Frisco, TX, will be the first to launch, joining our existing network of 11 drone hubs already operating in the Dallas area. Once operations begin, customers can download the Wing app from the App Store or Google Play and enter their address to determine if their home is within the Wing drone delivery range. Customers will be able to order items like frozen treats (when those ice cream cravings hit), household essentials, last-minute meal solutions like macaroni and cheese and even fragile items like eggs.
“This is an exciting next step for our customers, as it provides even more access to a convenient, innovative and — most importantly — super speedy way to get the items they need,” said Rajashekhar. “The outlook is clear for drone delivery: The sky really is the limit.”