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Walmart’s Drone Delivery Takes Flight

December 19, 2022

Walmart’s drone delivery service is a go in Arizona, Florida and Texas. It is part of an initiative to offer the same-day delivery option in six states by the end of this year.

Customers within one mile of participating stores — four in the Phoenix area, seven in the Tampa and Orlando areas and 11 in the Dallas area — are eligible to use the service.

This marks the first time customers 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 Arizona. 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.”

Here's how it works:

Customers living within a mile of a participating store can place orders through www.droneupdelivery.com between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. local time. Drones can deliver more than 10,000 eligible Walmart items up to ten pounds, including fragile items like eggs, in as little as 30 minutes. There are no order minimums and the delivery fee is just $3.99. With use of promo code FreeDeliveryAZ, customers using drone delivery for the first time will have the delivery fee waived. Once the items are packaged and loaded into the drone, the order is then delivered using a cable that gently lowers the package into the customer’s yard.

Drone delivery is now offered from these stores in Arizona:

Walmart Supercenter #3896
21655 N Lake Pleasant Pkwy, Peoria, AZ 85382

Walmart Supercenter #1533
7975 W Peoria Ave, Peoria, AZ 85345

Walmart Supercenter #3241
18551 N 83rd Ave, Glendale, AZ 85308

Walmart Supercenter #1532
5845 W Bell Rd, Glendale, AZ 85308

Drone delivery is now offered from these stores in Florida:

Walmart Supercenter #2695
1450 Johns Lake Rd, Clermont, FL 34711

Walmart Supercenter #5299
550 Us Highway 27, Clermont, FL 34714

Walmart Supercenter #994
8745 State Road 54, New Port Richey, FL 34655

Walmart Supercenter #941
2140 Bloomingdale Avenue, Valrico, FL 33596

Walmart Supercenter #3347
7450 Cypress Gardens Blvd, Winter Haven, FL 33884

Walmart Supercenter #2740
19910 Bruce B Downs Blvd, Tampa, FL 33647

Walmart Supercenter #3463
1208 E Brandon Blvd, Brandon, FL 33511

Drone delivery is now offered from these stores in Texas:

Neighborhood Market #2975
3959 Broadway Blvd, Garland, TX 75043

Walmart Supercenter #3224
555 W Interstate 30, Garland, TX 75043

Walmart Supercenter #1800
1801 Marketplace Dr, Garland, TX 75041

Walmart Supercenter #2973
115 West Fm 544, Murphy, TX 75094

Neighborhood Market #5657
3100 Custer Rd, Plano, TX 75075

Neighborhood Market #2974
1501 Buckingham Rd, Richardson, TX 75081

Neighborhood Market #2976
915 N Town East Blvd, Mesquite, TX 75150

Neighborhood Market #3015
2827 S Buckner Blvd, Dallas, TX 75227

Neighborhood Market #5021
2275 Gus Thomasson Rd, Dallas, TX 75228

Walmart Supercenter #3225
2501 Lakeview Pkwy, Rowlett, TX 75088

Walmart Supercenter #426
4691 State Highway 121, The Colony, TX 75056

In partnership with DroneUp, Walmart will offer drone delivery in five other states by the end of the year, including: Arkansas, Florida, Texas, Utah and Virginia. In total, there will be 34 stores making drone delivery available in 23 cities nationwide by year end.

“Our mission is to set the gold standard for drone delivery and by partnering with Walmart, bring the incredible benefits that drones offer to local communities, organizations, and businesses,” said Tom Walker, CEO of DroneUp. “Our approach is unique; we practice safety above all else and incorporate state-of-the-art technology. Our strong relationship with the FAA has also been critical to our success as we build an infrastructure that supports growth and great career programs for operators now and in the future.”

DroneUp deliveries are powered by a team of certified pilots operating within FAA guidelines to safely manage flight operations. Deliveries will be made to the safest location of the customer’s home, such as in the front or backyard or driveway.

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