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6,000Walmart says that it completed more than 6,000 drone deliveries in 2022, in as little as 30 minutes per pop.

The top five items delivered via drone were: Great Value Cookies and Cream Ice Cream 16 oz, 2lb Bag of Lemons, Freshness Guaranteed Hot Rotisserie Chicken, Red Bull 8.4 fl. oz, and Bounty Select-a-Size Paper Towels.

Currently 85% of items in a Walmart Neighborhood Market meet the 10 lb. weight and volume requirements for drone delivery.

7.3%UK physical retailers battled a cold snap, and rail and postal strikes as they rallied in December, with store performance last month posting its best footfall counts compared to pre-Covid pandemic figures all year, according to research from the BRC and Sensormatic Solutions.

Total UK footfall decreased by 7.3% in December (Yo3Y), 6.0 percentage points better than November. This is better than the three-month average decline of 10.2%.

Total UK footfall for 2022 was 11.8% below pre-pandemic levels. This was a big improvement on 2021 which was 33.2% below pre-pandemic levels.

Helen Dickinson, Chief Executive at the British Retail Consortium, says: “Historically low consumer confidence and 30 year high inflation made for an exceptionally difficult year for consumers and retailers, with footfall down over 10% on pre-pandemic levels.”

“Nonetheless, this was still a significant improvement on the previous two years when the pandemic kept many people at home. Although retailers’ input costs show little sign of easing in 2023, they continue to do all they can to keep prices affordable and tempt customers in.”


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