Walmart

Walmart plans an experimental program to deliver certain health and wellness production by drone.

Service may be expanded to include general merchandise.

Tom Ward, senior vice president, Customer Product, said the company is teaming with Zipline to start a first-of-its-kind drone delivery operation in the U.S.

Trial deliveries will take place near Walmart’s headquarters in Northwest Arkansas using Zipline’s proprietary technology.

Zipline will operate from a Walmart store and can service a 50-mile radius. The drone launch and release system allows for quick on-demand delivery in under an hour.

The operation stars in early 2021.

Zipline, which operates the world’s largest drone delivery network, began operating in late 2016 in Rwanda primarily focusing on the on-demand delivery of medical supplies. To date, it has safely delivered more than 200,000 critical medical products to thousands of health facilities serving more than 20 million people across multiple countries.

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