Walmart Expands Drone Delivery Program to Select Markets in Florida; Vik Gopalakrishnan and Tom Walker Comment
BENTONVILLE, AR - It’s impossible to deny the effect technology has had on retail. What seemed impossible 10 years ago is now quickly becoming a reality. For Walmart, this means the expansion of its drone delivery service program, which is now available for select customers in the Tampa and Orlando, Florida, areas.
“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 of Innovation and Automation for 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 retailer previously announced its plan to expand the DroneUp network to reach 4 million additional households across six states, including Florida.
A press release explained that in partnership with DroneUp, Walmart will offer drone delivery in five other states by the end of the year. These include Arkansas, Arizona, 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, Chief Executive Officer 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.”
This exciting development is par for the course in grocery now, and we can’t wait to see how retailers kick up innovation further in 2023.