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Groceries by drone: Kroger begins new delivery service Wednesday

Published: Jun. 9, 2021 at 7:50 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 7:51 AM EDT
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CENTERVILLE, Ohio (FOX19) - Kroger is taking to the sky to deliver groceries to customers by drone in southwest Ohio.

Kroger launched a new drone delivery pilot program at its Centerville store in suburban Dayton on Wednesday.

Customers can place orders online and then a drone will fly the items direct to their home address or cell phone location.

Deliveries have a five-pound weight limit and, for now, the drop-off location has to be within a mile of the Centerville Kroger store.

Kroger officials say they partnered with Drone Express to deliver groceries safely and securely to customers by drone.

The main base for the delivery program is the Monroe Kroger Home Delivery Center on Route 63.

Wednesday’s inaugural delivery carried a piece of history, fabric from the wing of the 1903 Wright Flyer.

Wilbur and Orville Wright both lived in Montgomery County, so it was fitting another aviation history-making moment honored to the legendary brothers.

Before the flight, a member of the Wright family paid tribute to his great granduncles.

“The amazing machine that we are about to see fly represents 138 years of advancement in technology over the Wright Brothers 1903 Wright Flyer I,” Stephen Wright said.

There has been no word on when the drone service will be offered in the Cincinnati area.

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