Wing, the drone delivery service owned by Alphabet, has partnered with Walmart to offer deliveries in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. In an announcement on thursdayWalmart says the partnership will allow the retailer to deliver to an additional 60,000 homes.
In the coming weeks, Wing will begin delivering from a Walmart supercenter in Frisco, Texas, before expanding to a second store nearby later this year. The company will deliver to homes within a six-mile radius of the stores, with deliveries arriving “in less than 30 minutes.” Although wing says The drones are “highly automated” and operators will continue to monitor them from a remote location.
Walmart has been experimenting with drone delivery for quite some time. In addition to Wing, the company has partnered with DroneUp, Zipline, and Flytrex to bring drone deliveries to millions of homes across the U.S. Walmart currently offers drone deliveries at 36 stores in seven states and has completed 10,000 successful deliveries, more than 10,000 successful deliveries. deliveries made by Amazon’s drone program grow.
As for which products are eligible for delivery through Wing, the drone company says it’s working with Walmart “to offer everything from full lunches to quick afternoon snacks to over-the-counter medicines.” Apparently that even includes a crate of eggs, as Wing says the strap his drones use is soft enough to carry “delicate items.”
Once the service launches, Wing will offer delivery from Walmart six days a week (except Wednesday) from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. If you’re in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, you can download the mobile app from Wing to see if your home is eligible.