Walmart customers in six states across the country, including Florida, will soon be able to have their orders delivered by drone in under 30 minutes.
Walmart’s new delivery service, powered by drone services provider DroneUp (Website), will be the first large-scale drone delivery network in the country and is expected to cover 34 regions by the end of the year – possibly serving up to 4 million homes, including Tampa and Orlando.
The service is currently only available in just a handful of towns in northwest Arkansas (near the company’s headquarters), and only for a small list of items (because there’s no way you’re getting a memory foam mattress flown to your home … yet). During the pilot, Walmart was limiting drone deliveries to a maximum of four pounds of goods or less with an added $10 delivery fee, ut that will be scaled up to 10 pounds with a reduced fee of $3.99 in the next phase of the launch.
Drone delivery will be available from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. from at least three participating Walmart stores in each city. The exact Orlando locations to have the service are yet to be shared publicly.
Walmart expects to be delivering more than 1 million packages a year by drones when the service has been fully rolled out.