Walmart is now delivering groceries via drones in North Carolina

  • Walmart plans to start delivering groceries and household items using drones as part of a test in North Carolina. 
  • Walmart is launching the test through a partnership with Flytrex, a drone company based in Israel.
  • The drones can travel about 6 aerial miles and carry packages weighing up to 6.5 pounds, according to Flytrex's website.
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Walmart plans to start using drones to deliver groceries and household items as part of a pilot program, the company said Wednesday.

The retailer is partnering with Israel-based Flytrex to test the drone-powered deliveries in Fayetteville, North Carolina, starting Wednesday.

Flytrex's drones can carry packages of up to 6.5 pounds and travel a distance of about 6 aerial miles, according to the company's website. 

"The drones, which are controlled over the cloud using a smart and easy control dashboard, will help us gain valuable insight into the customer and associate experience — from picking and packing to takeoff and delivery," Tom Ward, Walmart's senior vice president of customer products, wrote in a blog post. 

Flytrex's website says its drones land in customers' back yards.

"Customers process their order on an online ordering app, where they are also able to track the delivery progress," the site says. "The package is loaded in the drone's delivery box, the drone takes off and follows its predetermined route to the customer's backyard. Upon arrival, the customer approves package release, and the drone safely lowers the package on a wire until it reaches the ground."

Walmart's Ward said the pilot will "help shape the potential of drone delivery on a larger scale," though "it will be some time before we see millions of packages delivered via drone."

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