Comments posted organically
SelectSmart.com Homepage
Kroger launches grocery delivery by drone

By Curt Anderson
May 3, 2021 12:02 pm
Category: Food & Beverages

(5.0 from 1 vote)
SelectSmart.com SelectSmart.com SelectSmart.com

Share
Rules of
the Post

Rate this article
5 Stars
4 Stars
3 Stars
2 Stars
1 Star
0 Stars
(5=best, 0=poor)

(Press release: May 3, 2021) America's largest grocery retailer continues to transform e-commerce with introduction of drone delivery pilot taking flight this spring in the Midwest

CINCINNATI and MONROE, Ohio, May 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) and Drone Express, a division of TELEGRID Technologies, Inc., today announced a pilot to offer grocery delivery via autonomous drones, expanding the retailer's seamless ecosystem and providing customers with anything, anytime, anywhere.

Kroger continues to transform grocery e-commerce with introduction of drone delivery pilot taking flight this spring in the Midwest in partnership with Drone Express.

"Kroger's new drone delivery pilot is part of the evolution of our rapidly growing and innovative e-commerce business – which includes pickup, delivery, and ship and reached more than $10 billion in sales in 2020," said Kroger's Jody Kalmbach, group vice president of product experience. "The pilot reinforces the importance of flexibility and immediacy to customers, powered by modern, cost-effective, and efficient last-mile solutions. We're excited to test drone delivery and gain insights that will inform expansion plans as well as future customer solutions."

How the Drone Grocery Delivery Pilot Works
The pilot will offer customers unparalleled flexibility as Drone Express technology allows package delivery to the location of a customer's smartphone not only to a street address, simply meaning a customer will be able to order delivery of picnic supplies to a park, sunscreen to the beach, or condiments to a backyard cookout, for instance.

Kroger is designing bundled product offerings ideal for meeting customer needs within the current weight limits for drone delivery, which is about five pounds. As an illustration, Kroger will offer a baby care bundle with wipes and formula, a child wellness bundle with over-the-counter medications and fluids, and a S'mores bundle with graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate. Using Kroger.com/DroneDelivery, customers can place orders and have eligible orders delivered within as little as 15 minutes.

"Autonomous drones have unlimited potential to improve everyday life, and our technology opens the way to safe, secure, environmentally friendly deliveries for Kroger customers," said Beth Flippo, Chief Technology Officer, TELEGRID. "The possibilities for customers are endless – 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."

Drone Express will commence test flights this week near the Kroger Marketplace in Centerville, Ohio (1095 South Main Street). The flights will be managed by licensed Drone Express pilots from an on-site trailer with additional off-site monitoring. Customer deliveries are scheduled to begin later this spring, and a second pilot is scheduled to launch this summer at a Ralphs store in California.

"The launch of the pilot in Centerville is the culmination of months of meticulous research and development by Kroger and Drone Express to better serve and meet the needs of our customers," said Ethan Grob, Kroger's director of last mile strategy and product. "We look forward to progressing from test flights to customer deliveries this spring, introducing one more way for our customers to experience Kroger."

"Kroger and Drone Express made a great choice in piloting this program in Centerville – a community with a robust business network focused on progress and stability near the birthplace of aviation," said Centerville Mayor Brooks Compton. "Families here have the power to transform grocery delivery around the nation and the globe. We look forward to placing our first order."


Cited and related links:

  1. ir.kroger.com

Comments Start Below


The views and claims expressed by contributors are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of SelectSmart.com. Not every statement made here can be assumed to be a fact.
Comments on "Kroger launches grocery delivery by drone":

Be the first to comment on this article.


Comment on: "Kroger launches grocery delivery by drone"

* Anonymous comments are subject to approval before they appear. Cookies Consent Policy & Privacy Statement. All Rights Reserved. SelectSmart® is a registered trademark. | Contact SelectSmart.com | Advertise on SelectSmart.com | This site is for sale!

Find old posts & articles

Articles by category:

SelectSmart.com
Report spam & abuse
SelectSmart.com home page


From our contributors:
Display Order:

Appeals court halts special master review of documents seized at Mar-a-Lago in major defeat for Trump
Law by Curt_Anderson     December 1, 2022 5:12 pm (Rating: 0.0) Last comment by: Donna (2 comments) [93 views]


Newt Gingrich says Republicans are ‘underestimating’ President Joe Biden
Politics by Curt_Anderson     December 1, 2022 2:39 pm (Rating: 0.0) Last comment by: Donna (2 comments) [60 views]


Air marshals facing mandatory border deployment plan ‘mutiny’ against "feckless dementia-ridden piece of crap's" border policy
President by HatetheSwamp     December 2, 2022 3:53 am (Rating: 0.0) Last comment by: Donna (2 comments) [41 views]


The "Good Guys" ARE winning once again !!
News by islander     December 1, 2022 1:42 pm (Rating: 0.0) Last comment by: oldedude (12 comments) [153 views]


Florida Judge rules to protect Floridians from the governor's attack on the First Amendment
Education by Donna     November 19, 2022 7:15 am (Rating: 0.0) Last comment by: oldedude (73 comments) [767 views]


There is a high probability that the Moscow, Idaho murders will never be solved.
Crime by Curt_Anderson     December 1, 2022 2:04 pm (Rating: 0.0) Last comment by: (0 comments) [10 views]


B'bye SPEAKER Pelosi
Politics by HatetheSwamp     November 16, 2022 4:21 pm (Rating: 0.0) Last comment by: Curt_Anderson (38 comments) [454 views]


It's Groundhog Day for the GOP
Dinosaurs by Donna     December 1, 2022 5:52 am (Rating: 0.0) Last comment by: Curt_Anderson (8 comments) [78 views]


FLA & CRT: Sometimes it helps to know what the hell you are talking about.
Education by Curt_Anderson     November 30, 2022 11:19 am (Rating: 0.0) Last comment by: Curt_Anderson (29 comments) [251 views]


SARs for Dummies as explained by Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.)
Education by Curt_Anderson     November 30, 2022 4:27 pm (Rating: 0.0) Last comment by: Curt_Anderson (5 comments) [87 views]


Food & Beverages selectors, pages, etc.