Watch Out! Groceries Flying In Soon

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You heard that right – someone’s been eyeing the drones for quite a while now.

Food aggregator Swiggy’s ambitions are going sky high once again. Eyeing drones as a service, the Bengaluru-based logistics and delivery platform is set to start its pilot on the viability of using drones this May, specifically for its grocery delivery service- Swiggy Instamart.

Does this mean we will be greeting the drones at our doorstep? Well, not really.

The company will use drones to replenish stocks between dark stores— from the seller’s location to the common point closest to the customer’s delivery address—essentially completing what it calls the middle-delivery layer

(We decoded ‘dark stores’ for you a couple of days back. If you haven’t already, then check out the deets here).

The final deliveries will be made by Swiggy’s on-ground fleet.

The Man Behind the Curtain

Swiggy has selected four vendors: Marut Dronetech, Garuda Aerospace, ANRA Technologies + TechEagle Consortia, and Skyeair Mobility. The finalisation amongst the contenders has been done on the basis of investment in innovation, research and development, amongst other factors.

The Tranche Trade

The execution, to be done in two portions, will commence immediately in Bengaluru and the Delhi-NCR region. This will be done in tandem with Garuda Aerospace and Skyeair Mobility. 

The second tranche includes Marut Dronetech and ANRA Technologies + TechEagle Consortia, and will be undertaken based on learnings and insights gained from the first tranche. 

Too long? Here’s a one-liner: Swiggy to pilot drone-based deliveries for its grocery service Instamart starting this May; execution to be done in two tranches – starting immediately with Bengaluru and Delhi-NCR.

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