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Walmart testing drones for deliveries in North Carolina city

This June 25, 2019, file photo shows the entrance to a Walmart in Pittsburgh. Photo: Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press. This June 25, 2019, file photo shows the entrance to a Walmart in Pittsburgh.

The Associated Press
Created: September 09, 2020 09:10 AM

Walmart launched a pilot program Wednesday using drones to deliver groceries and household essentials in a North Carolina city.

The retail giant is using drones from Flytrex in Fayetteville, where it says it hopes to gain insight into customers' and its workers' experience with the technology.

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Tom Ward, senior vice president of customer products at Bentonville, Arkansas-based Walmart, acknowledged that it will be a while before drones are widely used for package deliveries.

“That still feels like a bit of science fiction, but we’re at a point where we’re learning more and more about the technology that is available and how we can use it to make our customers’ lives easier,” Ward wrote in a corporate blog.


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