Centerville: just in, Kroger has just announced an amazing update on their official page. They have officially announced, “Kroger will be providing first drone deliveries will be free, but for a limited time.”
Additionally, the drone grocery deliveries will begin Wednesday in an area within a mile of Kroger’s Centerville store, signalling a new era in grocery and retail stores. Kroger is working with Monroe’s company, Drone Express, to deliver groceries via drones. And actual flights that respond to actual customer orders will begin this week. Erin Rolfes, a spokeswoman for Kroger, said the drone flights had been tested on Monday for several days, and deliveries would be ready.
The official has confirmed that for the first pilot programme, Rolfes said, no fees will be charged for these flights. But this is temporary. At some point, there would be charges, but Rolfes didn’t have an appointment for that.
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The stated statement by Kroger “While of course, we’re all very excited about the drone piece. I think it’s part of a larger narrative of how Kroger really reacts to what customers are asking for. And give them that product anytime they want anywhere they are,” Rolfes stated while explaining the drone deliveries.
The drone can only carry about five pounds of stuff. Pilots will supervise the drones as they travel to customers’ homes in the designated range around the Marketplace store at 1095 S. Main St. “Currently, as per FAA guidance, we only fly the drone for delivery within one mile of the store,” Rolfes said.
Furthermore, Drone Express has estimated it will need to fill 50 to 100 full-time jobs as the 7,200-square-foot Monroe facility will be fully operational in the next few months. Positions include those focused on manufacturing, mechanical engineering, software development, and aviation. As the pilot program with Kroger continues to expand, there is the potential for additional jobs and employment throughout 2021 and beyond.