While no formal partnership exists between Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, and DJI, the biggest consumer drone manufacturer, exists (yet?), Walmart will soon be testing DJI drones for commercial use. It is still a bit unclear just how Walmart intends to use the drones. For delivery, inventory or …? Statistically, Walmart is simply following the industry trends. According to data posted by Silk, “66.1% of all FAA-approved uses coming for DJI models”. (The majority, however, of these approved uses are photography, videography or mapping related.)
The world’s largest retailer is hoping to work with the world’s biggest consumer drone manufacturer.
On Monday, Walmart said it filed paperwork with the Federal Aviation Administration to test outdoor drone delivery with devices made by China’s SZ DJI Technology Co. In documents first reported by Reuters, the retailer explained that it wants to research ”deliveries to customers at Walmart facilities, as well as to consumer homes” and that it had already experimented with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at its indoor facilities.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., d.b.a. Walmart, is an American multinational retail corporation that operates a chain of discount department stores and warehouse stores. Headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas, United States, the company was founded by Sam Walton in 1962 and incorporated on October 31, 1969. It has over 11,000 stores in 28 countries, under a total of 65 banners. The company operates under the Walmart name in the United States and Canada. It operates as Walmart de México y Centroamérica in Mexico, as Asdain the United Kingdom, as Seiyu in Japan, and as Best Price in India. It has wholly owned operations in Argentina, Brazil, and Canada. It also owns and operates the Sam’s Club retail warehouses