Drone delivery of groceries has been a growing prospect for retailers in recent years and with new investments by companies such as Kroger Co. and Walmart, drone delivery could become a reality in parts of the country by the end of this year.
The Covid-19 pandemic has increased the demand for the home delivery of products across several sectors, most notably groceries. With an increased demand for delivered products in general, drone delivery has become a hot topic for retailers across the country.
Kroger has partnered with Telegrid technologies to manufacture drones that could deliver packages of groceries up to five pounds to anywhere in the specified radius of the retailer. Kroger stated that the delivery could take as little as 15 minutes and could be delivered to someone’s home or even to a park for an outdoor cookout.
Kroger stated that, “We can enable Kroger customers to send chicken soup to a sick friend or get fast delivery of olive oil if they run out while cooking dinner.”
These drone delivery services are expected to cut down costs in regard to labor and fuel, but several setbacks stand in the way of further developing the campaign as privacy and insurance. Currently, United States Postal Service, Alphabet Inc.’s Wing, and Amazon Inc.’s Prime Air are the only drone delivery operations approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. Small package delivery through drones is spreading to other companies as well. Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. is discussing the possibility of implementing drone delivery as well following tests conducted in 2019.
Telegrid Technologies Drone Express is attempting to bring the drone delivery of light packages to the private and public sector as local governments are also beginning to further the implementation of drone delivery may become a significant part of mail delivery services such as the United States Postal Service.
Source: Wall Street Journal