As if working for Walmart didn't suck hard enough, the company is looking to replace human drones with actual robotic drones. Writing in Walmart applies to test drones for home delivery for The Guardian, Reuters reports:
Walmart Stores Inc applied Monday to US regulators for permission to test drones for home delivery, curbside pickup and checking warehouse inventories, a sign it plans to go head-to-head with Amazon in using drones to fill and deliver online orders. The world’s largest retailer by revenue has for several months been conducting indoor tests of small unmanned aircraft systems – the term regulators use for drones – and is now seeking for the first time to test the machines outdoors. It plans to use drones manufactured by China’s SZ DJI Technology Co Ltd. [Of course. Walmart can't ship actual Chinese nationals here to replace American workers so the company takes the next best route: Chinese made robots. JH] In addition to having drones take inventory of trailers outside its warehouses and perform other tasks aimed at making its distribution system more efficient, Walmart is asking the Federal Aviation Administration for permission to research drone use in “deliveries to customers at Walmart facilities, as well as to consumer homes”, according to a copy of the application reviewed by Reuters.Military aviation began in the First World War with observers who occasionally threw bricks or took pot shots at each other with pistols. At what point do Amazon, Walmart and gawd knows who else, start taking out each other's drones? Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write. In my ongoing quest to back fill stories, take a look at WHAT NOT TO BUY AT WALMART… from 11 September.