Walmart Invests in DroneUp, the Nationwide On-Demand Drone Delivery Provider
Walmart News | June 17, 2021
Walmart knows what it takes to give customer's what they want. Some solutions are still emerging, but early results are encouraging. Walmart has partnered with DroneUp, a nationwide drone services provider, to launch trial deliveries of at-home COVID-19 self-collection kits. The trial demonstrated offering customers delivery in minutes versus hours. Now, after safely completing trials, Walmart is investing in DroneUp to continue developing a scalable last-mile delivery solution.
DroneUp operates an on-demand drone delivery network that matches their database of more than 10,000 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified pilots to missions nationwide. As a well-respected industry innovator, DroneUp operates commercially throughout the U.S. and is an authorized government drone services provider for 11 U.S. states serving public sector organizations.
Walmart is uniquely positioned to execute drone deliveries, with 4,700 stores stocked with more than 100,000 of the most-purchased items, located within 10 miles of 90% of the U.S. population. In the coming months the first operation at a store will begin in Bentonville, Arkansas.