Monday, August 21, 2017

Walmart Wants to Take on Amazon With Flying Warehouses

walmartWal-Mart Stores Inc. has opened a new front in its battle with Amazon.com Inc.

The world’s largest retailer has applied for a U.S. patent for a floating warehouse that could make deliveries via drones, which would bring products from the aircraft down to shoppers’ homes.

The blimp-style machine would fly at heights between 500 feet and 1,000 feet (as much as 305 meters), contain multiple launching bays, and be operated autonomously or by a remote human pilot. Amazon was granted a patent for a similar vessel in April 2016.. . . more

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