Drone delivery is heating up quickly with more projects cropping up all over the world as the technology becomes more pervasive to cargo and goods being flown to consumers.
Ice cream may not seem like the next barrier to cross in drone delivery, but Flytrex is embarking on this journey with a new partnership with Ice Cream Shop, Unilever’s first digital storefront.
Flytrex will initially service four towns in two states with orders taken by the Ice Cream Shop packed up and delivered through the air to residents and lowered by wire to their property in about three minutes.
The initial locations will be in Holly Springs, Fayetteville and Raeford, North Carolina and Granbury, Texas.
Unilever, which has more than 400 brands under its umbrella, uses the Ice Cream Shop virtual storefront to sell ice cream brands such as Ben & Jerry’s, Breyers, Good Humor, Klondike, Magnum ice cream, Popsicle and Talenti.
The service is operating with Flytrex partner Causey Aviation Unmanned under a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) waiver for a drone delivery radius of one nautical mile.
According to Allied Analytics, ice cream demand is expected to reach $122.1 billion by 2031 and new ways to deliver the food are being explored, including the use of mobile robots.