This post originally appeared on http://wwntradio.com/2016/07/23/slurpees-take-to-the-sky-with-7-elevens-drone-delivery.html.
[Editor’s Note: 7-Eleven partnered with Flirtey for the delivery.]
Products included Slurpee® drinks, a chicken sandwich, donuts, hot coffee and 7-Select® candy.
The delivery took place in Reno, Nevada, with the items loaded into a special box for hot and cold food and flown to a local family.
The first package delivery to a USA customer via fully autonomous droneoccurred earlier this month, and Amazon wasn’t the one to do it.
“My wife and I both work and have three small children ages 7, 6 and 1”.
Irving, Texas-based 7-Eleven Inc. operates, franchises and licenses 10,700 North American convenience stores.
7-Eleven said Friday that it has tested drone delivery from one of its Reno, Nevada stores with Flirety, an independent drone delivery service. And 7-Eleven low-key got it done before Amazon, which was granted permission to start testing drones for delivery this year. Previous US tests of Flirtey’s technology, which includes its own custom-built drones and software that’s already in regular use in New Zealand, have focused on showing off the utility of drones in delivering life-saving medicine and supplies to hard-to-reach individuals. “The convenience of having access to instant, 24/7 drone delivery is priceless”, said the Reno resident Michael in a statement, who received the Flirtey delivery.
The convenience store already allows online ordering and delivery through other services, and 7-Eleven plans to expand this delivery method more widely in the future, depending on the changing US regulations on drones.
It’s clear the USA government sees a future for the drone use in the commercial sector, considering it passed a 15-month extension to the FAA-approval for drone flights in North American skies – a fact no doubt expedited by Flirtey’s successful ship-to-shore delivery of medical supplies earlier in the year.
In June, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) outlined its long-overdue regulations for companies that want to use drones in their businesses.
“Drone delivery is the ultimate convenience for our customers and these efforts create enormous opportunities to redefine convenience”, said Jesus H. Delgado-Jenkins, 7-Eleven’s Chief Merchandising Officer, in a press release.
Drone delivery will probably become increasingly popular for other companies in varying industries as well because it helps people get what they need quickly if they can’t leave their homes.
The goal of advancing drone deliveries as well as further refining Flirtey’s delivery technology and packaging were highlighted when Flirtey also teamed with the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS) for the delivery. In the future, we plan to make the entire assortment in our stores available for delivery to customers in minutes.