Kroger to begin delivery by drone

Kroger to begin delivery by drone

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Kroger announced Monday that it will start to deliver groceries to customers by drone later this spring.

The drone will deliver items not only to a customer’s address but also to their smartphone location, so if a customer is outside the drone will deliver the items straight to them.

There is a weight limit of about five pounds for each delivery.

All customers have to do is order their groceries online and they would be able to have eligible orders delivered within 15 minutes, officials said.

“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 Chief Technology Officer, TELEGRID Beth Flippo said. “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.”

The new Monroe Kroger Home Delivery Center on Route 63 is the main base for the program, which is designed to directly take on Amazon and other companies.

Test flights will be conducted this week near the Kroger Marketplace in Centerville, Ohio, but official deliveries will start later this spring, officials said.

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