Walmart Invests In Drone Delivery

Walmart is investing in drone delivery after a successful pilot showed encouraging results. The company partnered with DroneUp last year for hundreds of trial deliveries of at-home COVID-19 self-collection kits. Its additional investment in DroneUp will enable it to continue work toward developing a scalable last-mile delivery solution. The retailer will start its first drone operation at a Bentonville, AR, store in the coming months. DroneUp has an on-demand drone delivery network and is the first operator allowed delivery flights over people and moving vehicles. Walmart has also experimented with drone delivery through a partnership with Flytrex, testing grocery delivery in Fayetteville, NC.