Walmart and DroneUp expanding drone delivery to 6 states, 4 million people

The two companies announced on Tuesday a drone delivery service expansion in six states and 34 sites, bringing aerial delivery of thousands of Walmart items to customers within 30 minutes. Walmart said that expansion will cover approximately 4 million Americans…

DroneUp is currently operating two hubs in Bentonville and Farmington, Arkansas. The new hubs, which will add 32 locations in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Texas, Utah and Virginia by year’s end, will bring the capacity to deliver up to 1 million packages within a year’s time, Guggina wrote. Walker noted that Walmart has 4,700 stores with more than 100,000 of the “most purchased items” within 10 miles of 90% of the U.S. population, providing plenty of opportunity in the future.

Walker previously told Modern Shipper that DroneUp expects to be able to fulfill deliveries within 10 miles by 2023. Currently it is 1.5 miles. Average delivery time is 17 minutes from the time the order is placed to delivery.

Guggina wrote that typically ordered items include Tylenol, diapers and hot dog buns.