Wing adds Walmart to Texas partners list

It was only two years ago that US retail giant Walmart looked at delivery drones and thought… ugh; perhaps I can try some of that.

They started with Zipline in Arkansas, delivering over the counter medical items and various other small grocery supplies; and it must have worked a really treat, because the deliveries were extended to 36 more stores in seven states.

Well over ten thousand deliveries have been made so far – and the retailer wants more.

A few days ago, Walmart announced that it was teaming with another drone logistics company Wing to offer drone deliveries to clients from two stores in the Dallas metro in Texas in the coming months.

As the retailer claims, the deliveries will help it reach an additional 60,000 homes, starting with those who shop at the Walmart Supercenter at 8555 Preston Road in Frisco.

“Working with Wing directly aligns with our passion for finding innovative and eco-friendly last-mile delivery solutions to get customers the items they want, when they want them,” Walmart said in a statement.

“With drones that can fly beyond visual line of sight, we’re able to unlock on-demand delivery for customers living within an approximate 6-mile range of the stores that offer the service.”

With over 330,000 flight delivery flight missions completed worldwide, Wing has experience working in the Texas area, having first launched operations in Dallas-Fort Worth last April. The partnership with Walmart will be their first with the retail conglomerate.

To say the drone company is excited to score the Walmart account is just stating the obvious. And we know they are ecstatic, because the second word their Chief Financial Officer, Shannon Nash wrote in her statement confirming the deal was…, excited.

“I’m excited to share that Wing and Walmart are working together to launch drone delivery in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex in the coming weeks,” Nash said.

“We’ll start with two Walmart Supercenters, so residents can order a range of products, including quick meals, groceries, household essentials, and over-the-counter medicines.

This is a major milestone for Wing, as we continue down our path toward building capabilities to support some of the most significant delivery operations in the world. Our technology is designed to complement existing delivery offerings, making overall systems more efficient and able to meet real customer needs.

“We’ll, adding a large section of central and eastern Frisco to the service area (our most-requested expansion area since we first launched in western Frisco in 2021).

A second nearby Walmart store is set to launch before the end of the calendar year.

Nash added; “We’ve heard from many of you that we need to provide evening hours, and so I’m happy to share that our new hours of operations will be 10:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.  We’re also extending to six days a week (open every day except Wednesdays).

“Last but certainly not least, you will be able to get your deliveries in under 30 minutes. We’re working with Walmart to offer everything from full lunches to quick afternoon snacks or over-the-counter medicines.

This certainly is an exciting next step in the right direction for the growth of the drone industry in the delivery space; just as it is for retail customers needing to fast delivery for their purchases, as it provides even more access to a convenient, innovative and superfast way to get the items they need.


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