With robots on wheels delivering food, having 7-11 deliver by drone was only a matter of time. According to Techcrunch, the conveniece store giant has joined forces with tech startup Flirtey beating Amazon in being the first company to deliver by drone. Above, a video showing how Starship Technologies wheeled android works.
While 7-Eleven is thought of as a brick and mortar franchise, the company does actually allow online ordering and delivery through services like Postmates, Tapingo and others. Drones would comprise a futuristic expansion of 7-Eleven’s delivery business.
And delivery by drone is something 7-Eleven intends to offer widely in the future, according to 7-Eleven EVP and Chief Merchandising Officer Jesus H. Delgado-Jenkins. He declined to put a specific date on the launch of such a service, citing a shifting regulatory environment.
Drone delivery could prove especially useful to families with children who cannot easily leave the house when they have an urgent need for items like over the counter medicines or milk, Delgado-Jenkins said.
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