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Walmart 2022 Drone Delivery Program

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A promise kept can be a rare thing in the world of business, and it’s important to take the word of CEOs and other executives with a grain of salt. But in the case of Walmart and its drone delivery service, company leaders have followed through on just about every prediction they’ve made.

From Freight Waves by Jack Daleo.

But in the case of Walmart and its drone delivery service, company leaders have followed through on just about every prediction they’ve made.

The world’s largest retailer on Thursday released an assortment of statistics about its drone delivery network in 2022, revealing that it completed over 6,000 deliveries of items from ice cream to rotisserie chickens to paper towels.

More importantly, though, with the last-minute addition of Utah, Walmart (NYSE: WMT) now operates drone delivery services out of 36 hubs in seven states — which is exactly what it promised to do by the end of the year back in May.

“I’m incredibly proud of our team for creating the largest drone delivery footprint of any U.S. retailer and providing customers with an incredibly fast — and innovative — option for delivery,” said Vik Gopalakrishnan, vice president of innovation and automation for Walmart U.S. “We’re encouraged by the positive response from customers and look forward to making even more progress in 2023.”

So how did Walmart get here? And how did it accomplish what companies like Amazon’s (NASDAQ: AMZN) Prime Air and Alphabet’s (NASDAQ: GOOGL) Wing could not?

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