Walmart is expanding its drone delivery services by collaborating with Wing, an on-demand drone delivery company backed by Alphabet, Google's parent organization. With this new alliance, the retail giant aims to bring its drone delivery capabilities to two additional stores in the Dallas metropolitan area in the coming months. This initiative seeks to extend the service to roughly 60,000 more households.
Initiated two years ago, Walmart's drone delivery has flourished across seven states and 36 outlets, achieving over 10,000 successful deliveries. The partnership with Wing aligns with Walmart's mission of exploring innovative and environmentally-friendly solutions for last-mile deliveries. Using drones equipped for beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flights, the service can cater to customers located approximately six miles from the participating stores.
The Walmart Supercenter located at 8555 Preston Road, Frisco, Texas, is set to be the first to introduce this service. This addition will complement Walmart's existing 11 drone hubs operational in the Dallas region. To determine eligibility for the service, customers can download the Wing app and input their address. Once operational, the app will allow users to purchase various items, from frozen snacks and everyday essentials to delicate goods like eggs.
Wing's incorporation into the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is a significant step in the company's mission of supporting major global delivery operations. This drone delivery system enhances the existing delivery methods, aiming to efficiently meet customers' requirements. The service will cover homes within a six-mile radius of the participating stores. Interestingly, the drones, which can reach speeds of up to 65 mph, are highly automated and do not require on-site pilots. Wing's technology empowers operators to manage the system remotely, allowing them to oversee multiple drones simultaneously.
The service hours are set from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., excluding Wednesdays. Customers are assured of receiving their orders in under half an hour. With the prospect of further expanding to more neighborhoods in the area, both Walmart and Wing are gearing up to redefine last-mile delivery for residents in the Dallas-Fort Worth region.