(CNSNews.com) -- The convenience store 7- Eleven conducted the first-ever commercial delivery to a customer’s home by drone, flying Slurpees, candy, donuts, hot coffee, and a chicken sandwich to a customer’s backyard in Reno, Nevada last week.
“This delivery marks the first time a retailer has worked with a drone delivery company to transport immediate consumables from store to home. In the future, we plan to make the entire assortment in our stores available for delivery to customers in minutes,” said Jesus H. Delgado-Jenkins, 7-Eleven’s chief merchandising officer, in a statement.
7-Eleven partnered with the start-up drone delivery service Flirtey to deliver the food and drinks from a 7-Eleven store to the home of Michael, a nearby Reno resident.
“My wife and I both work and have three small children ages 7, 6 and 1. The convenience of having access to instant, 24/7 drone delivery is priceless,” Michael said, according to the store’s press release. “It’s amazing that a flying robot just delivered us food and drinks in a matter of minutes.”
However, the delivery was only a test case and not regular service of the chain.
“At this time, we do not have specific timing on national roll out,” 7-Eleven’s public relations office told CNSNews.com.
Drone deliveries look like the future of home deliveries, with several other major companies also working to develop drone delivery services.
Google is developing a drone delivery service and is working with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to develop an air traffic control system that would accommodate drones.
(Flirty and 7-Eleven photo)
The online retail giant Amazon revealed a video of its own delivery drone prototypes last year, and announced that the company plans to implement the delivery service Prime Air in the not-too-distant future to deliver items under five pounds by drone in 30 minutes or less after an order is placed.
Just last month, Amazon filed a patent for drone recharging stations where drones would be able to stop mid-delivery if they get low on battery, enabling drones to serve a larger geographical area.
“One day, seeing Prime Air vehicles will be as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road,” the company said.
Walmart has also asked the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for permission to test drones that would be used to deliver products to customer’s homes.
The FAA currently has numerous restrictions on drone use that bar them from being flown out of sight of the operator or above people who are not participating in the drone activity, though “most of the restrictions are waivable if the applicant demonstrates that his or her operation can safely be conducted under the terms of a certificate of waiver,” according the new regulations announced last month.
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