Walmart, DroneUp Team for Multi-Site Commercial Drone Delivery Operations
November 24, 2021
DroneUp, and Walmart started the first multi-site commercial drone delivery operations. The three locations, which will be located at Walmart stores in Northwest Arkansas, will operate from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., seven days per week, to deliver items to eligible Walmart customers by air in as little as 30 minutes.
"When we invested in DroneUp earlier this year, we envisioned a drone
delivery operation that could be quickly executed and replicated across
multiple stores," said Tom Ward, senior vice president of last mile at
Walmart U.S. "Opening our first hub within months of our initial concept
showcases DroneUp's ability to safely execute drone delivery operations
with speed. We're already hearing great customer feedback at our first
site in Farmington, Arkansas, and look forward to opening additional
Shop: Customer selects from thousands of items for delivery.
Secure: Operators pack the order and secure the box to the drone using a patented delivery release mechanism.
Deliver: The flight engineer manages a controlled and guided delivery, placing the order gently at the customer's home.
up with Walmart to launch three delivery Hubs marks a significant leap
forward in the broader use of UAS to provide last-mile consumer delivery
services and supply chain efficiency options," said Tom Walker, CEO,
DroneUp. "Walmart and DroneUp provide an unrivaled ability to pick,
pack, and deliver via drones directly from the store to consumers
offering efficiencies no other retailer can match. We are proud of our
team's ability to deliver the technology helping Walmart launch a new
era of commercial drone operations."