Walmart is applying for a range of patents using drones to automate farming. The move could support its grocery business and give the giant greater control over its supply chain, according to a report on CBInsights.com.
As Walmart goes head to head with Amazon, it is focused on shortening its supply chain and improving its grocery delivery business — including patenting automated storefronts in people’s homes and technology that can help improve online food shopping.
Today, we picked up on a signal that Walmart is looking to manage more of its supply chain at the source.
The retail giant applied for a series of six patents targeting farm automation. The applications propose using drones to identify pests attacking crops, monitor crop damage, spray pesticides, and pollinate crops.