Rouses Markets said July 7 that it will be testing a drone delivery system this fall. The grocer has partnered with Deuce Drone to conduct the demonstration with an Aerial Drone Delivery Interface System at the Rouses Market on Airport Boulevard in Mobile, Alabama.
Thibodaux, Louisiana-based Rouses Markets currently offers personal shopping and delivery services, allowing customers to shop online and get deliveries in as little as an hour. However, the company is still exploring more convenient ways for customers to get their groceries.
“Drone delivery offers the fastest, safest delivery store to door,” said Donny Rouse, CEO. “We should be able to get groceries to customers in 30 minutes or even less. Plus it’s more cost efficient, meaning we can save customers time and money.”
Rhett Ross, CEO of Deuce Drone, said that Rouses Markets is an ideal test case for his company’s last-mile delivery solution because of its footprint as well as commitment to being first with everything.
“We’re excited to partner with Rouses Markets and work together to alter the landscape of home delivery,” Ross said.
Deuce Drone’s team of aerospace, construction and technology experts is leading e-commerce fulfillment. The company is responsible for the design of ADDIS, including its automated operation of the landing, recharging and package handling systems. In addition, all portions of the drone and the related activities of ADDIS meet or exceed federal, state and local regulations and codes.
Deuce Drone solves the last mile delivery problem for “brick and mortar” retailers by enabling drone shipment from existing stores, providing a solution for same-day delivery that allows retailers to compete with major e-commerce players. Leveraging clients’ current infrastructure, Deuce Drone designs, builds and operates drone delivery systems, transforming retail stores into customer fulfillment centers.
With 64 stores on the Gulf Coast, Rouses Markets is one of the largest independent grocers and fastest growing family owned companies in the United States. More than 7,000 employees serve customers across three states: Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.