Jan 12, 2023 - News

Walmart launches drone delivery in Utah

A drone flying over a Walmart parking lot.

A drone flying over a parking lot. Photo: Courtesy of Walmart.

Two Utah Walmarts are now providing drone delivery for nearby customers.

Details: The locations — in Lindon (585 N. State St.) and Herriman (5056 W. 13400 South) — launched the delivery service in partnership with DroneUp last month.

  • For a $3.99 fee, customers living within a mile of the stores can get products flown to their homes.
  • Each store is equipped to handle up to 120 drone deliveries per day.
  • The drones can carry packages up to 10 pounds.

Why it matters: Nearly a decade ago, commercial drone delivery was considered ambitious. Now, some Utahns can order from a list of 10,000 items like a bag of chips or toothpaste.

Zoom out: Walmart is currently operating drone delivery in seven states.

The intrigue: The most commonly flown products include cookies and cream ice cream, a 2-pound bag of lemons, rotisserie chicken, Red Bull and paper towels, per Walmart.

How it works: You can visit droneupdelivery.com to see if you're eligible for deliveries and to place orders.

  • Hubs are located in Walmart parking lots and operated by Federal Aviation Administration-certified pilots.

What they're saying: "From the time the customer orders the product on the website to the delivery to their house is 30 minutes. So it's a very fast and efficient way of getting the product," Anthony Vittone, DroneUp chief operating officer, told Axios.

  • Camille Dunn, director of corporate communications at Walmart, told Axios it's an option for busy adults for instances like shipping an ingredient for a recipe or a thermometer for a sick child.

Flashback: In 2021, Intermountain Healthcare announced plans to launch a drone delivery service to send prescriptions and medical equipment to patients' homes.

What's next: Vittone said DroneUp is looking to expand its delivery services to other parts of the state.

  • He noted that a location's airspace, weather and geography are considered before setting up a drone delivery option.
  • While items cannot currently be delivered to apartments, Vittone said they are working on a solution.

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