Walmart (WMT) has announced it is testing on-demand drone delivery. The behemoth retailer has announced a partnership with Flytrex, an end-to-end drone delivery company.
Deliveries are being piloted in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
The drones can deliver select grocery and household essentials.
In a video posted by the company, a small Walmart bag is loaded onto a drone, which takes to the skies from a Walmart parking lot. The drone flies over suburban houses, ultimately hovering over a house and lowering the bag into the customer's backyard.
“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, but we’re at a point where we’re learning more and more about the technology that is available and how we can use it to make our customers’ lives easier,” Tom Ward, senior vice-president, customer products, said in a statement.
Walmart has been on the forefront of innovation and new technologies. The company is also working on autonomous vehicle delivery.
Amazon (AMZN) completed its first Prime Air delivery on Dec. 7, 2016. Amazon can delivery packages up to five pounds in 30 minutes or less. The technology is being tested in multiple international locations, but is not yet available as a delivery option anywhere in the U.S.
Walmart’s stock is up 2.5% on Sept. 9.
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