Bloomberg reports that Walmart its working with DroneUp - a startup company in which it invested earlier this year - "to offer aerial deliveries to homes, joining with startup DroneUp LLC to began dropping off items ranging from cans of tuna to children’s thermometers.
"The flights are limited for the moment to 1 nautical mile (1.15 miles or 1.85 kilometers) from a base outside a Walmart store in Farmington, Arkansas. But the service will be offered in the coming months at additional Arkansas locations in Rogers and Bentonville, where Walmart has its headquarters, the companies said in a statement on Monday.
"The goal is to eventually provide service over longer distances."
The Bloomberg story goes on:
"While routine, widespread product deliveries conducted by robotic drones are still years away, the Walmart announcement shows how serious the retail industry is about the potential for this new form of deliveries amid the rise of online shopping.
"Alphabet Inc.’s Wing LLC subsidiary last month announced plans to begin using its small aircraft to deliver goods from a Walgreens in suburban Dallas. Amazon.com Inc. is developing what it calls Prime Air and United Parcel Service Inc. has also begun pilot drone delivery programs."