Tesco teams up with Manna to enable grocery deliveries by drone


The UK’s biggest retailer has committed to trialling home grocery deliveries by drone from next month.

The firm said it is a way of experimenting in how to reach more customers.

A Reuters report explained how chief executive Dave Lewis said the pilot programme would take place in Ireland where partner company Manna has a licence to operate.

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Walmart has also recently committed to trialling drone deliveries for the products it sells too.

During a webcast hosted by Tesco yesterday, Lewis commented on Manna.

He said: “They have already proven the capability, the question is how do we take that capability and apply it to Tesco and that’s the detail that’s been worked on now before we get to the trial.”

The Reuters report went on to explain how the supermarket group’s innovation director, Claire Lorains, wanted the trial to focus on the delivery of just a selected amount of grocery items.

She explained: “We’re really interested to see how drones could be part of the solution to deliver to our customers on-demand small baskets,” she said, noting the small basket market in Britain was forecast to exceed $13 billion over the coming years.

“If our trial with Manna is successful, we really think there is an opportunity to reach many customers through our stores extending with a drones service.”

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