Tesco is expanding its 2-minute drone delivery trial

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Tesco’s two-minute drone delivery trial is set to quadruple in size as its operator Manna reveals plans to launch in a much larger location.

Tesco launched its rapid drone delivery service in County Galway, Ireland, last October and has since delivered nearly 10,000 items to residents within a 2km range of its store.

According to The Grocer, the pair are set to expand this trial to a new location with a population of 40,000 people, four times its current size.




Manna says that since it launched in Oranmore, Galway, over a third of homes within the catchment area use the service on a regular basis, seeing drones make an average of 100 deliveries per day.

Customers can order deliveries through the FlipDish app, with up to 700 products available.

READ MORE: Tesco launches drone trial in Ireland

After receiving the order, a Tesco employee in-store packs up the shopping, which is then transferred to a Manna drone supervisor for delivery.

Orders run 9.30am-5pm from Tuesday to Sunday, and can be tracked in real-time, with customers able to receive deliveries within 30 minutes to one hour of ordering.

The trial comes as Tesco looks to step up new innovations and developments around emerging technologies with its Tesco Red Door project.

In September 2020 the supermarket giant said it was looking to work with innovators to help Tesco in areas “beyond day-to-day operations”, with what it describes as “a focus on ideas that can create true competitive advantage for Tesco and improve the way it serves shoppers”.

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