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Walmart is set to expand its DroneUp delivery network to 34 locations by the end of the year, offering the potential to reach four million US homes in six states – Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Texas, Utah and Virginia.
This decision offers the possibility of delivering more than one million parcels by drone in one year.
Between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., customers will be able to order from tens of thousands of items eligible for airmail delivery in as little as 30 minutes. The total shipping weight is up to 10 lbs and the charge is $3.99.
Walmart also plans to expand its drone infrastructure, providing local businesses and municipalities with aerial drone solutions in areas such as insurance, emergency response and real estate.
Netto is testing a shopping cart from Imagr that scans items and handles payment, allowing shoppers to skip payment queues.
This one is currently live at Kirkegårdsvej in Copenhagen, and it will soon also be available at Kongelundsvej in Copenhagen, Runevej in Aarhus, Bybuen in Skovlunde and Virum.
The buyer’s smartphone is connected to the shopping cart via the Netto+ application. When the basket is filled with goods, these are automatically registered with the user who receives a digital receipt.
The trial is expected to last until July.
Sensei offers a self-contained retail experience for gas station customers following a combination with Galp in the Iberian Peninsula.
Sensei has created a 323 square foot checkout-less convenience store in a Galp location in Lisbon.
This offers a number of non-perishable goods, foods, snacks and beverages to customers and includes an array of ceiling-mounted cameras and sensors in shelves to detect items people are picking or leaving.
The standalone software creates and tracks each person’s virtual shopping cart and loads it automatically through an app, with credit card payments soon to follow, upon leaving the store.
The store is open to customers from 8 a.m. to midnight daily with 24/7 access becoming available next month.
On-demand delivery hitter Zapp has announced a new vintage store, selling organic tampons and pads, menstrual cups and liners, as well as treats like a hot water bottle, magnesium products and chocolate to stimulate oxytocin and relieve menstrual tension.
This will be launched in London on Saturday for National Periodic Hygiene Day.
For each hot water bottle sold, Zapp will donate £2 to Period Poverty UK, a charity which works to end period poverty in Britain’s most deprived communities by 2025.