Texan skies will now be populated by Walmart drones, as the giant retailer begins a delivery service for select customers in the Dallas area. The new delivery option will be fulfilled from 11 stores, making it easier than ever for customers to purchase last-minute gifts.
This marks the first time customers in Texas can take advantage of Walmart’s drone delivery, following the retailer’s earlier announcement of plans to expand its DroneUp network to reach four million additional households across 6 states, including Texas. From last minute meal solutions to a package of Christmas cookies, Walmart has successfully executed thousands of same-day drone deliveries to date.
“Drone delivery makes it possible for our customers to shop those last-minute or forgotten items with ease, in a package that’s frankly really cool. Being on the forefront of that innovation at Walmart is something we’re proud of,” said Vik Gopalakrishnan, vice president, innovation & automation, Walmart U.S. “It may seem like a futuristic option, but it’s giving our customers what they’ve always wanted, and that’s time back to focus on what is most important to them.”
Customers living within a mile of a participating store can place orders online, and drones can deliver more than 10,000 eligible Walmart items weighing up to 4 kg, including fragile items like eggs, in as little as 30 minutes. There are no order minimums, and the delivery fee is $3.99.