Walmart invests in DroneUp, drone delivery company, says service to start soon
ByFunAsia 19 Jun 2021 11:20 AM 67

Walmart announced that the company has invested in drone delivery company, DroneUp and is hoping to offer drone deliveries after launching a pilot program last year.

Based in Bentonville, Arkansas, the world's largest retailer has been using the drone company since last year as part of its pilot program to deliver at-home COVID-19 test kits to customers' doorsteps.

Walmart U.S. CEO and President John Furner said that the trial demonstrates that their company can deliver services in minutes versus hours. After safely providing hundreds of products through drone deliveries from Walmart stores, the company hopes to invest in DroneUp to continue our work toward developing a scalable last-mile delivery solution.

Furner further added that Walmart's significant infrastructure includes 4,700 stores stocked with more than 100,000 items. The company has a store located within 10 miles of 90% of the U.S. population.

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This gives them the power to uniquely offer this service, which is why their investment in DroneUp won't just apply to the skies but also the ground.

The CEO reported that Walmart would begin associating with DroneUp at a store near its headquarters "in the coming months."

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