If you forget the donuts for the next office meeting, a drone just might save that promotion. Thanks to updated FAA rules regarding drone deliveries, Friday, July 22, 2016, marked the first federally approved commercial drone delivery on US soil with a snack delivery in Reno, Nevada.
Jesus Delgado-Jenkins, Chief Marketing Officer for Flirtey, a Nevada-based drone delivery startup, said, "Drone delivery is the ultimate convenience for our customers, and these efforts create enormous opportunities to redefine convenience."
What better way to highlight that convenience than to partner with the most recognizable convenience store chain in the United States? Fresh coffee, donuts, and a chicken sandwich were loaded into a specially fitted insulated delivery box on the underside of the drone. After a short flight, there were some happy and no-longer-hungry customers.
Online retail giant Amazon has already announced their intentions to explore drone delivery as an option for customers, and why not? It is an economical way to add a flair to your delivery strategy. As it becomes a more popular and common method, expect the price point to drop to the point that smaller local retailers can get in on the action. Donuts, subs, even small repair parts could be flown from store to customer with a lower cost than a traditional delivery driver and without the time required to sit through traffic lights.
If you want to see what a drone could do for your business or leisure time, please contact Carolina Dronz. We offer the brands, parts, and technical expertise to get you flying and keep you there.