A couple in New Zealand has become the first people to have received their pizza by drone. It was an order for Chicken and Cranberry and Peri-Peri Chicken pizzas.
Domino’s (NYSE:DPZ) Pizza flew their drones to land the deliveries in the backyard of the couple. Johnny and Emma Norman stay at Whangaparaoa, which is 20 miles from Auckland. The flight was for about 5 minutes. It touched down on Wednesday morning just after 11 without any hiccups.
CEO and Managing Director of Domino’s, Don Meij, was happy with the drone’s success. It shows that the drones are working very well.
The company might soon their drone deliveries in Germany, Japan, Belgium, France, Australia, and The Netherlands.
Domino’s Partnership With Flirtey Working Well
Domino’s had announced a partnership with the drone delivery services of Flirtey only three months back. Meij said, “We invested in this partnership, and technology because we believe drone delivery will be an essential component of our pizza deliveries. They can avoid traffic congestion and traffic lights, and safely reduce the delivery time and distance by traveling directly to customers’ homes. This is the future”.
Domino’s (NYSE:DPZ) says they were confident about the drone delivery because they had carried out several test flights before delivering pizza to the New Zealand couple. It also included food temperature tests.
A team of drone experts was monitoring the world’s first ever pizza delivery through a flying device. There was GPS navigation in the unmanned aerial vehicle to track the location and deliver at the right place.
More and More Retailers Want to Use Drones
Of course, there are other food businesses as well that are looking at the skies to deliver orders. In September, Chipotle Mexican Grill disclosed that they are working with Project Wing of Alphabet for delivering burritos to students at the Virginia Tech.
Big retailers like Walmart (NYSE:WMT) and Amazon are always looking for new ways to attract customers. Small, commercial drones can help them avoid delays because of traffic. But everything is not smooth. Earlier this month, the partnership between Starbucks and Project Wing was scrapped for delivering coffee.
There have been complaints that drone deliveries will eat up jobs. However, Domino’s says that it will actually increase jobs. Meij said, “This will actually create jobs. As we expand, we will look to hire additional team members whose roles will be focused on drone order loading and fleet management”.