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Walmart plans to deploy in-store drones to serve customers

LBR Staff Writer Published 22 March 2017

US-based Walmart is planning to deploy in-store drones, in a bid to provide better services for the customers in the shop floor.

The major retailer has filed a patent with the US Patent and Trademark Office to use drones within its stores.

Walmart intends to use an airborne unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in the store to search and locate different products in the warehouse.

The drone will dispatch the product from a warehouse to the staff inside the stores, helping to quickly deliver products to the customers.

With the support of sensors and 3D map technology, the drones will be used in the shop floor, while they will be placed in the specific allotted space to avoid the disturbance for the customers.

Walmart in its patent application was quoted by ibtimes as saying: "So configured, an airborne drone can be readily utilised to move items, such as products being offered for retail sale, from one place in a retail shopping facility to another place in that same facility.

“A considerable number of such airborne drones can be simultaneously fielded and utilised to facilitate moving a considerable number of items simultaneously.”

Wal-Mart is also planning to set up a technology-startup incubator in Silicon Valley of Califonia, as part of its efforts to advance its e-commerce business.

The new technology-startup, Store No. 8, will function independently and partners with retail start-ups, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs to expand e-commerce businesses.

Image: Walmart plans to use drones within its stores for serving customers. Photo: courtesy of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.