Walmart has asked relevant authorities in the US for permission to test drones that it could use to make deliveries to the homes of its customers.
The application to allow testing of unmanned aerial technology follows soon after the same applications were made by Amazon.
As one of the world's leading ecommerce companies, Amazon has made no secret of its desire to find ways of delivering packages to its customers via drones but it now seems that Walmart, the world's largest retailer by revenue, is keen on the idea as well.
In addition to using drones to make deliveries, Walmart is also understood to be interested in using drones to check on its warehouse facilities and distribution centres.
"You test for a reason," commented Walmart spokesperson Dan Toporek. "Because you learn during tests and you tend to evolve and figure out which approaches are most compelling to customers and most efficient for the business."