Walmart is partnering with drone delivery provider Zipline to make on-demand deliveries of select health and wellness products in the United States in early 2021. Zipline is known for medical drone operations in Africa.
Walmart also has a pilot project to delivery grocery and household products with automated drones from Flytrex. This is in response to Amazon obtaining FAA approval to test its own Prime Air delivery drones.
- Walmart and Zipline team up to bring their own drone delivery to the U.S. (Sept 14, 2020, CNBC TV)
- Walmart drone deliveries in Fayetteville (Sept 9, 2020, CBS 17)
This post is based on the CNBC article, Amazon and Walmart’s emerging delivery drone battle escalates with Zipline deal, by Riley de Leon, September 14, 2020, and the YouTube videos in the Spotlight. Image source: Flystock/Shutterstock
1. What additional operations processes will need to be designed to support drone delivery for most companies in the future?
Guidance: Students should readily note what can go wrong with a drone delivery. What happens if a drone malfunctions along the route? What happens if someone interferes with the drone’s flight path? How would Continue reading