(AbsoluteNews.com) – Drones were once a foreign concept to the average person. They were used on the battlefield to drop bombs or conduct surveillance, not something that could be used in everyday lives. As they started becoming more prevalent in society, companies began to question how to put them to use for more than just profits from the sales. Walmart has the answer.
In September 2020, Tom Ward, Walmart’s senior vice president of consumer products, announced the company had partnered with drone-maker, Zipline. The companies launched a “first-of-its-kind drone delivery operation” he said. Now, that plan has come to fruition.
On November 18, Walmart and Zipline launched their program at a Neighborhood Market in Pea Ridge, Arkansas. Rep. Steve Womack (R-AR) congratulated the companies on the launch.
You may be noticing some new autonomous aircraft in #AR3's sky! Congrats to @zipline @Walmart on the official launch of drone delivery in Pea Ridge! I was able to previously visit the site and see this innovative service and game-changing technology in action. A great milestone! pic.twitter.com/UbQ1YvlwFU
— Rep. Steve Womack (@rep_stevewomack) November 18, 2021
Customers will place their orders through the Zipline app, rather than the Walmart app. Then those orders are collected by Walmart employees, who retrieve the goods and then hand them off to the drone company. Zipline will pack the goods in boxes and the drones will deliver the goods to places within a 50-mile radius. When it gets to its location, it will unload its package from the air. The package will be equipped with a parachute, guaranteeing it won’t crash to the ground.
Walmart previously conducted pilot programs in other states. Arkansas’ program is a test, but it’s the largest effort the companies have carried out to date.
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