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MediaPost reports that Walmart has "filed a patent application for a system for retrieving a package delivered by an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) or drone."

The system involves "a receiving structure mounted to and extending from a wall of a building, the receiving structure being configured to receive the package delivered by the UAV … The structure would include a trap door configured to open and close an opening leading to a transport system."

It gets more complicated: "The drone would land on the platform and drop off a package. The trap door then would open, and the package would be released to a transport system, such as a chute or slide system, a conveyor, an elevator or an automated guided vehicle, and the package would be delivered to the recipient inside the building."
KC's View:
What's interesting about this to me isn't the use of drones, but the fact that Walmart is developing plans that will have it involved with creating more substantial infrastructure at the residential and commercial level.

It would seem to come from the Amazon playbook; Amazon, as we all know, has been growing its Amazon Hub business, which actually can work as mailrooms in both residential and commercial buildings. The idea is that Amazon has the ability to deliver these services a lot more efficiently than building landlords can.

Now, Walmart seems to be thinking the same way, developing an ecosystem in which it can play a connective role. What we don't know is the degree to which Walmart really is committed to the strategy, since lately its e-commerce commitment has wavered a bit with the sale of ModCloth, staff reductions at Bonobos, and lots of rumors about what it may do with Jetblack.