7-Eleven completed what they say is the first-ever drone delivery to a customer’s home, because life is now an episode of “The Jetsons.”
The ubiquitous convenience store has been pushing the envelope as of late, using delivery drivers to get their heavenly frozen beverages into customers’ hands. But because you haven’t reached true convenience until Slurpees are falling from the sky, the company decided to take things airborne.
On July 10, 7-Eleven air-lifted a package of doughnuts, candy, coffee, a hot chicken sandwich and Slurpees to a family in Reno, Nevada. We have to hand it to this family: They have excellent taste in snacks.
7-Eleven teamed up with the drone delivery start-up Flirtey to pull off the GPS-powered drop, casually upstaging Amazon in the process. That’s right, the corner convenience store you use mainly for emergency bathroom stops has beaten a tech giant to the first home drone delivery. Think on that the next time you slurp down a Fanta Blue Raspberry.
7-Eleven and Flirtey have plans to expand drone delivery tests after their successful first run.
“Drone delivery is the ultimate convenience for our customers and these efforts create enormous opportunities to redefine convenience,” said 7-Eleven executive vice president and chief merchandising officer Jesus H. Delgado-Jenkins in a statement. “In the future, we plan to make the entire assortment in our stores available for delivery to customers in minutes.”
Of course, you could just drive to your nearest 7-Eleven and have a Slurpee in minutes, but where’s the fun in that? There’s no word on the timeline for 7-Eleven’s drone delivery service, but keep your eyes peeled for red and blue slush hurtling through the sky.
Slurp on, America.