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Walmart’s Drone Delivery Service In Spotlight

Walmart seems to have stolen Amazon’s spotlight by making a massive push into the drone delivery market. Residents in northwest Arkansas will now see drones flying through the sky delivering health and wellness goods ordered through Walmart’s Neighborhood Market. Errol Barnett from Walmart discusses their autonomous drone delivery service with CBS Mornings. The company’s autonomous drone delivery service launch will drop thousands of products to customers within a 50-mile radius of its northwest store in Pea Ridge, Arkansas. Teaming up with drone-maker Zipline, Walmart has designed a platform that stands 25 feet tall and serves as a take-off and landing pad for drones. The order for on-demand delivery is placed through the Zipline app, collected by Walmart employees, and packed in specially designed boxes equipped with a biodegradable parachute. These packages are then handed off to Zipline staff to launch the aircraft to the delivery destination and drop it into the recipient’s yard. The drones have an on-target area the size of two parking spaces.

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