Walmart’s drone delivery service is now available in the Arizona market for select customers. 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.”
The new delivery option will be fulfilled from 4 stores, this follows the retailer’s earlier announcement of plans to expand its DroneUp network to reach four million additional households across 6 states, including Arizona 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.”
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
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. Customers can check if drone delivery is available to their homes by visiting www.droneupdelivery.com.