Walmart Expands Drone Delivery Service

Walmart has expanded its drone delivery program to an additional six states, including Texas, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Utah, and Virginia. The expanded program is part of its proposal to reach four million additional households. The same-day delivery service is able to reach customers within a mile of participating stores in several U.S. cities, including Dallas, Orlando, Phoenix, and Tampa. In total, there will be 34 participating stores in 23 cities and Walmart said it will have the ability to deliver more than one million packages by drone in a year. For a $3.99 fee, drones can deliver more than 10,000 eligible Walmart items up to 10 pounds. Walmart is offering delivery in as little as 30 minutes with no minimum orders. “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,” Vik Gopalakrishnan, Walmart U.S. Vice President, Innovation and Automation, said in a statement. Customers must first verify eligibility by entering their address on After the order is placed, operators pack and secure the drone and a flight engineer manages the delivery process operating within FAA guidelines. A cable attached to the drone lowers the package into the customer’s property.