Walmart Premiered Drone Delivery Service in North Texas

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f you live in a North Texas city you can now get packages from Walmart delivered by drone. The company premiered the delivery service in partnership with DroneUp in parts of Texas, Arizona, and Florida on Thursday. They have been testing the service for nearly a year.

“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, Walmart’s vice president of innovation & automation. “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.”

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How does it work?

To place an order, start by going to DroneUpDelivery.com.

The site will ask to verify your address before allowing you to add items to your shopping cart.

The drones can deliver more than 10,000 eligible items that weigh up to 10 pounds – everything from Tylenol to hot dog buns. It can even deliver things like eggs.

If you are within a mile of participating locations, deliveries can be as fast as 30 minutes between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Participating locations in North Texas include:

  • 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

 

Walmart’s employees will collect and package your items.

DroneUp operators will then evaluate your address and pick the safest delivery spot in your yard.

Walmart will send a text to let you know your delivery is on its way. Walmart said you are welcome to come outside and watch but should stay at least 10 feet away for safety reasons.

The drones don’t land in your yard, though. They will stay about 80 feet in the air and lower your package down with cables.

There’s no minimum purchase price, but there is a $3.99 fee for the service.

 

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