Jan 10, 2024 - News

More Walmart drone deliveries are coming to Dallas-Fort Worth

A drone in the sky with a "Walmart" box

Don't be surprised if you see these hovering over you in 2024. Photo: Courtesy of Walmart

2024 will be the year most North Texans can get a drone to bring groceries and over-the-counter medications to their home.

Driving the news: With some (but not all) regulatory hurdles cleared, retailers, medical centers and logistics platforms will start offering drone delivery in many more suburban neighborhoods in 2024, Axios' Joann Muller reports.

  • Walmart announced on Tuesday that it will expand its drone deliveries to cover up to 75% of Dallas-Fort Worth residents.

Why it matters: Walmart plans to offer drone deliveries across 30 municipalities in North Texas by the end of the year. The company says this is the first time a U.S. retailer has offered drone delivery to this many households in a single market.

Context: Walmart started offering the delivery option at two of its locations, in Frisco and Lewisville, in August.

  • The company plans to expand its drone deliveries to 4 million more people over the next year.

How it works: Wing and Zipline, which have been approved by the FAA to fly their drones without someone observing them at all times, will handle the deliveries.

  • Customers placing an order through Wing or Zipline will be able to get items within 30 minutes, Walmart says. The service is free.

What they're saying: "Drone delivery is not just a concept of the future, it's happening now and will soon be a reality for millions of additional Texans," Prathibha Rajashekhar, the senior vice president of innovation and automation for Walmart U.S., said in a news release.


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