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What’s better than Walmart grocery delivery or grocery pickup? How about Walmart drone delivery in 30 minutes or less?
Walmart has partnered with DroneUp to start delivering your orders from the sky. But don’t get too excited — not all states or Walmart locations are participating just yet.
You’ve got questions … here’s what we know:
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1. What is Walmart drone delivery?
Walmart drones are flying robots that carry packages of up to 10 pounds within 1.5 miles of a DroneUp hub. By 2023 the drones will be able to make deliveries within 10 miles of a hub. Currently, Walmart drone delivery is available in seven states: Florida, Texas, Arkansas, Arizona, Utah, Virginia, and North Carolina.
Once you place an order with the Walmart app or on Walmart.com, your order gets loaded onto a drone and flown to your location. The drone then safely lowers your package via cable.
Don’t worry about your order getting dropped or lost on the way; each drone is flown by certified pilots who follow FAA guidelines.
Related: Amazon Prime Air, Amazon’s answer to drone delivery, is still in the testing phase (but we can tell you all about that, too).
2. How much does Walmart drone delivery cost?
If you’re a Walmart Plus member, drones will deliver to your house for FREE. Seriously. (That is, unless you’re buying something from a third-party vendor on the Walmart site … in that case, additional fees may apply.)
But even if you’re not a Walmart Plus member, these fast-paced deliveries only have a fee of $3.99. That’s cheaper than Walmart Express delivery, which costs $10 on top of standard delivery fees and gets your order to you in two hours or less.
3. What hours is Walmart drone delivery available?
If your Walmart offers the service, you’ll be able to get drone deliveries daily between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
4. When will drone delivery be available in my state?
Walmart’s drone delivery started in their home state of Arkansas and has currently expanded to six additional states: Arizona, Florida, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and North Carolina.
According to Walmart, their current service covers 4 million shoppers. As for the other 43 states, we don’t know what’s next, but we fully expect Walmart to keep announcing new areas with drone delivery.
5. What kinds of things can I get delivered by Walmart drones?
From Tylenol to Hamburger Helper, thousands of items can get dropped off via drone right at your doorstep in 30 minutes or less — so long as your total order stays under 10 pounds.
According to Walmart, here are five customer favorites you can get delivered via drone:
- Great Value Cookies & Cream Ice Cream
- Lemons, 2-pound bag
- Rotisserie Chicken
- Red Bull
- Bounty Paper Towels