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We've all seen the Amazon vans in neighborhoods -- now, getting an Amazon packaged delivered from the sky is closer to becoming a reality.

 

The Federal Aviation Administration granted Amazon approval to deliver packages by drones.

 

Amazon says the approval is an important step, but added that it is still testing and flying the drones.

 

It's unclear when drones will be put in to use for good.

 

UPS and a company owned by search giant Google won approval for drone deliveries last year.

 

Meanwhile, Walmart is launching a new membership service for shoppers this month that it hopes can compete with Amazon Prime.

 

Called Walmart+, it will cost $98 a year, or $12.95 a month, and give members same-day delivery on 160,000 items, a fuel discount at certain gas stations and a chance to check out at Walmart stores without having to wait at a register.

 

Walmart plus will launch september 15th.

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