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May 3, 2021updated 02 Nov 2021 9:59am

Kroger, Drone Express partner for drone grocery delivery pilot

US retailer Kroger is set to launch a new drone grocery delivery pilot in partnership with TELEGRID Technologies division Drone Express.

US retailer Kroger is set to launch a new drone grocery delivery pilot in partnership with TELEGRID Technologies division Drone Express.

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In addition to street address, Drone Express technology will deliver packages to other locations including park, beach and more.

First test flights will be conducted at Kroger -Co/”>the Kroger Marketplace in Centerville, Ohio, starting from this week.

Licensed Drone Express pilots will manage the flights from an on-site trailer. Off-site monitoring will also be carried out.

The partners will commence customer deliveries later this spring. This summer, a second pilot will be introduced at a Ralphs store in California.

Kroger product experience group vice-president Jody Kalmbach said: “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 $10bn in sales in 2020.

“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.”

Product offerings will be packaged to fulfil the current weight limits for drone delivery, which is approximately 5lb, while meeting customer needs.

Customers can place orders online, with eligible orders scheduled for delivery in 15 minutes.

In April this year, Kroger launched America’s first automated customer fulfilment centre (CFC), powered by e-commerce grocery technology provider Ocado.

Last year, Walmart partnered with Flytrex and Zipline to pilot drone delivery services.

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What’s the forecast for the food and grocery industry?

The food and grocery sector thrived during the pandemic, largely due to the shutdown of the food service industry and the sector’s subsequent necessity, panic-induced bulk purchasing, and spending more time at home. The market has grown as a result of inflation. Consumer unwillingness to go out and socialize, and the reopening of several hospitality facilities, helped maintain the demand for groceries, particularly online, in 2021. As consumer behavior changes, we consume more food and drink at home, and inflation increases basket sizes. GlobalData predicts that the sector will continue to hold a higher share than had been predicted prior to the pandemic. This is true despite the fact that the food and grocery sector's share of overall retail will decline from its peak in 2020. This report will discuss market forecasts and key themes in the global food & grocery industry in 2022 and beyond. It covers:
  • Market drivers and inhibitors
  • Five-year forecasts and the impact of COVID-19
  • The performance of the online channel versus offline
  • Major trends in the market including rapid delivery, ambient retailing, supply chain disruption, and inflation
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