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(Fortune)   Walmart to start using drones for in-store delivery of packages. Or as Walmart customers will consider that, target practice   ( fortune.com) divider line
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2017-03-20 09:19:24 AM  
Why wouldn't you just install an overhead rail system non-flying drones could roll across to pick up and move things?
 
2017-03-20 10:01:19 AM  

Munden: Why wouldn't you just install an overhead rail system non-flying drones could roll across to pick up and move things?


Because that wouldn't be fashionable. Remember when we almost installed huge pneumatic tubes all over the country for delivery of heavy freight?

Yeah. They don't, either.
 
2017-03-20 10:04:07 AM  
Tub-o lard for the tub o lard in in aisle 4
 
2017-03-20 10:05:39 AM  
*phew*
I thought I was going to have to walk half-way across the store to get my XXL-sweat pants, then back again to get my Supersized (Plus 30% more free!) Pork Rinds and diet Coke.
 
2017-03-20 10:12:39 AM  

Munden: Why wouldn't you just install an overhead rail system non-flying drones could roll across to pick up and move things?


You'd probably have the retrofit any existing store if you planned to hand anything substantial from the roof. They are designed to hold the overhead lighting, HVAC and fire suppression and account for rain and snow with a safety factor but permanent fixtures held by the roof is usually a bad idea.

I'm not saying they are unsafe or would collapse but it's amazing what hanging unplanned for shiat from the roof will do, like cause leaks that cost a fortune to fix for example.
 
2017-03-20 10:20:44 AM  

Egoy3k: Munden: Why wouldn't you just install an overhead rail system non-flying drones could roll across to pick up and move things?

You'd probably have the retrofit any existing store if you planned to hand anything substantial from the roof. They are designed to hold the overhead lighting, HVAC and fire suppression and account for rain and snow with a safety factor but permanent fixtures held by the roof is usually a bad idea.

I'm not saying they are unsafe or would collapse but it's amazing what hanging unplanned for shiat from the roof will do, like cause leaks that cost a fortune to fix for example.


It could be supported from the floor easily enough - even if not using existing building columns, they could minimize footprint by placing supports in or adjacent to shelving. I would assume a point-to-point delivery (stock room to front of store) would be adequate, plus a return line.  They can't be looking at particularly heavy loads, if the plan was to use drones.

Of course, I still don't see the point - if I'm too lazy to walk across the store to begin with, why not order things online, drive to a designated door/dock in back of the store, then have them loaded directly into the car? I would suggest home delivery, but I need to hit the drive-thru on the way back anyway...
 
2017-03-20 10:35:13 AM  
Must be a hell of a drone to carry a pallet of Depends, Natty Light, and Velveeta.
 
2017-03-20 10:49:52 AM  
Would it be Wal-Mart practice if Target did it?
 
2017-03-20 10:59:28 AM  
My first thought was that this would have a major negative impact on the workers, who will have one less thing to do in order to avoid serving and interacting with customers.

But then I thought: they will need at least one employee to load the drones, one employee to fly them and two or three employees to receive the package safely at the destination, controlling traffic at both ends of the aisle and removing the package from the drone, then calling the operator when done. So there is no danger whatsoever of the Non Service Economy being replaced by efficient, uselful, and courteous service.

NONE WHATSOEVER. Not the chance of a cotton ball in Hellfire.
 
2017-03-20 11:10:10 AM  
DNRTFA, but I gotta ask...is this a thinly veiled euphemism for the people working there?
 
2017-03-20 11:28:19 AM  
This is not going to happen.
Wal-Mart counts on people doing the "where's the cheese?" rat crawl thereby increasing impulse-buying.
 
2017-03-20 11:54:17 AM  
www.quickmeme.com
 
2017-03-20 11:54:42 AM  
Yeah, why don't you just develop an app like Home Depot and Lowe's have? I look up what I want, tell it what store I'm in, it finds the item, and tells me what aisle and shelf to look on. It even has it on a floor plan map as well. Fark this "flying drones" bullshiat.

brantgoose: But then I thought: they will need at least one employee to load the drones, one employee to fly them and two or three employees to receive the package safely at the destination, controlling traffic at both ends of the aisle and removing the package from the drone, then calling the operator when done. So there is no danger whatsoever of the Non Service Economy being replaced by efficient, uselful, and courteous service.


And I STILL don't see how all of that is supposed to be faster than walking and getting the goddamned thing myself.
 
2017-03-20 11:57:25 AM  

Egoy3k: Munden: Why wouldn't you just install an overhead rail system non-flying drones could roll across to pick up and move things?

You'd probably have the retrofit any existing store if you planned to hand anything substantial from the roof. They are designed to hold the overhead lighting, HVAC and fire suppression and account for rain and snow with a safety factor but permanent fixtures held by the roof is usually a bad idea.

I'm not saying they are unsafe or would collapse but it's amazing what hanging unplanned for shiat from the roof will do, like cause leaks that cost a fortune to fix for example.


Doesn't have to be roof mounted. There are already support pillars throughout the store. If they are already bearing all of the weight they have, a rail system pillar could be installed net to them, taking up almost no extra space. Still a stupid idea, though.
 
2017-03-20 12:00:03 PM  
"The idea is to free customers from having to walk across its super-sized emporiums"

Your average Walmart customer would have a heart attack if forced to do that.
 
2017-03-20 12:43:18 PM  
From what I've seen, they're already using drones
 
2017-03-20 01:18:43 PM  

edmo: "The idea is to free customers from having to walk across its super-sized emporiums"

Your average Walmart customer would have a heart attack if forced to do that.


walk?  i thought all walmart customers used those obesity scooters
 
2017-03-21 08:35:51 AM  

Stone Meadow: DNRTFA, but I gotta ask...is this a thinly veiled euphemism for the people working there?


Oh please...like Wal Mart has that sort of respect for their workers.
 
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