Need s'mores supplies for your backyard fire-pit session? A Kroger drone might drop them off — literally.
This week, Cincinnati-based Kroger is launching an automated drone delivery program in Centerville, about 48 miles northeast of downtown Cincinnati. The company is partnering with Drone Express for the pilot, initially testing flights near the Centerville Kroger store before switching to customer deliveries later this spring, a press release says.
When the program is fully launched, customers will place drone orders at kroger.com/dronedelivery. The drones have a package weight limit of about five pounds, and products can be delivered to an address or to a smartphone location. Yes, that means that a drone could drop your items right to you in the backyard or at your picnic gathering elsewhere, Kroger says.
The company is working on drone-specific bundles that customers can quickly order, such as a s'mores bundle, a wellness bundle and a baby-care bundle. Delivery may happen in fewer than 15 minutes.
The drones are flown by certified drone pilots under FAA approval, Kroger says.
"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," Ethan Grob, Kroger's director of last mile strategy and product, says in the release. "We look forward to progressing from test flights to customer deliveries this spring, introducing one more way for our customers to experience Kroger."