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Early Walmart drone program pilots will deliver groceries and COVID-19 tests to customers. Here's everything you need to know about the retailer's delivery trials.

Early Walmart drone program pilots will deliver groceries and COVID-19 tests to customers. Here's everything you need to know about the retailer's delivery trials.

"People don't make binary decisions by channel," Walmart SVP Tom Ward said.
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Walmart has partnered up with three different drone technology companies to start experimenting with the delivery technology.




Business Insider interviewed Tom Ward, Walmart's senior vice president of customer product, about Walmart's drone trials.




"Like anything at Walmart, once we're excited about something because our customers enjoy it, we'll move as fast as possible to get that technology in lots of people's hands," Ward said.




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Walmart is taking its deliveries to the sky by partnering with three drone companies: DroneUp, Flytrex, and Zipline.For Tom Ward, the retail giant's senior vice president of customer product, Walmart's drone experimentation will allow the company to tinker with "continuing to increase [delivery] speed and convenience in a very new and innovative way."Drones are just the latest example of Walmart doubling down on its fulfillment potential. With 47,000 brick-and-mortar locations situated within 10 minutes of 90% of the US population, Walmart has increasingly begun using its stores as "distribution nodes for e-commerce sales," Ward told Business Insider. "Customers continue to want to interact with Walmart differently and we're trying to absolutely service them in new and different ways, whether that's around speed or convenience," Ward said.
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