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Drone Delivery Takes Off — Here Are 6 Companies Already Doing It

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Two-day shipping is way too slow these days. When you need your stuff delivered now — or at least in less than an hour — bring in the drones.

The era of drone delivery has come, as companies tap into new technologies to make deliveries faster and more convenient.

Amazon, Walmart, Unilever, and UPS are just a few of the drone-delivery companies taking flight to bring packages to your door in just 30 minutes — or even as little as 3 minutes!

Here’s who’s flying the friendly skies:


Amazon drone delivery brings Prime orders in 30 minutes or less.

Amazon prime air drone

Amazon Prime Air has launched, and promises deliveries within 30 minutes. Products that meet the weight and eligibility requirements can fly up to 7.5 miles away from their hub to bring your order to you. And it’s free for Prime members.

Right now, Amazon drone delivery is being tested in California. . . we’ve got lots more to say about that.


Walmart drone delivery flies items 10 lbs or lighter within 1.5 miles of their launch site.

A drone carrying a Walmart delivery box in the sky above a Walmart.

Walmart drone delivery plans to make deliveries in under 30 minutes. You can pick from hundreds of qualifying items that are under 10 lbs. The drones can only go 1.5 miles from their dock, but by 2023 will be able to travel up to 10 miles.

Walmart Plus members pay nothing extra for drone delivery, while non-members pay just $3.99 extra.

Walmart drone delivery is taking off in Arkansas but will expand to Arizona, Florida, Texas, Utah, and Virginia by 2023.


Unilever drone delivery brings frozen treats through the air from the Ice Cream Shop.

Unilever drone delivery

Are you craving a pint of your favorite ice cream? Unilever will cure that sweet tooth faster by delivering Ben & Jerry’s, Breyers, and more of their brands from the virtual storefront, the Ice Cream Shop.

In partnership with drone delivery company Flytrex, you can find six exclusive ice cream bundles. For example, the “Chocolate Lover’s Bundle” has Breyer’s Chocolate Truffle, a Klondike Original bar, Magnum Mini Double Caramel Bars, Popsicle Fudgsicle, and Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie ($24.99)

For now, you must live in one of three North Carolina cities (Holly Springs, Fayetteville, and Raeford), and Granbury, Texas, to get your on-demand ice cream. But soon it’ll be raining ice cream all over America.



UPS drone delivery flies CVS medical supplies — and maybe even prescriptions — to your door

UPS drone delivery

UPS led the way in drone delivery by being the first drone-service operation approved by the Federal Aviation Administration to operate as a commercial airline.

In April 2020, UPS and CVS Pharmacy joined forces to deliver prescriptions to a Florida retirement community of 135,000 residents. In 2021, UPS Flight Forward delivered essential materials to help transport Covid vaccines in North Carolina.

While we aren’t sure when UPS will take their next step into drone deliveries, there’s a good chance they’ll stick with CVS and fly medical supplies to people who need them.


Get your morning coffee in under three minutes with the Wing drone delivery app.

Wing drone delivery

Coffee runs are a thing of the past with the help of the Wing drone delivery service. Download the Wing app to get fresh food, drinks, and over-the-counter pharmacy items delivered.

If whatever you want is available in the app and weighs 2.6 lbs or less, they will get it to you in under 15 minutes.

For now, you can only get Wing if you live in Christianburg, Virginia and Dallas, Fort Worth, Frisco, and Little Elm, Texas — but they’re growing.

Since Wing delivery is in the early stages, they waive the delivery for new and current customers. Their quickest delivery was in a blink of an eye at 2 minutes and 47 seconds — now that’s fast.


FedEx Drone Delivery will test cargo deliveries between sorting facilities.

FedEx drone delivery Elroy air

FedEx drone delivery won’t bring your things directly to your backyard, but they’ll get it to you faster by getting them halfway there. FedEx is partnering with Elroy Air to test a self-flying aircraft that pick up to 500 lbs and drop it off up to 300 miles away.

This will help the delivery giant get you packages quicker and more efficiently by dropping off smaller loads at sorting facilities.

By eliminating the need for ground transport, your FedEx Express packages can be speedier. Testing stages for FedEx drone delivery will begin in 2023.

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