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Wal-Mart takes battle with Amazon to the skies with floating warehouse patent filing

FILE – In this May 9, 2013, file photo, a worker pushes shopping carts in front of a Wal-Mart store in La Habra, Calif. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is forming a partnership with China’s largest online direct retailer, giving JD.com ownership of its Yihaodian marketplace platform assets, including the brand, website and app. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

The world’s largest retailer has applied for a U.S. patent for a floating warehouse that could make deliveries via drones, which would bring products from the aircraft down to shoppers’ homes.

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