Chick-fil-A offering drone delivery service at Florida location
The future of fast food delivery is here.
A Florida Chick-fil-A location is exclusively offering drone delivery service to local customers.
Diners within a 1.2-mile radius of the Brandon/Valrico Chick-fil-A in Central Florida will now have the option to have their spicy chicken sandwiches and milkshakes delivered via drone for a limited time.
Drone delivery is available between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, the restaurant announced on social media last week. The fast food joint said it hopes to expand to a 2-mile radius in the near future.
The restaurant partnered with DroneUp, a Virginia-based tech company that also launched a drone delivery service with a Tampa Walmart last year, The Tampa Bay Times reported.
The popular fried chicken chain declined to share where drone delivery would be introduced next.
“We are in the early stages of testing drone delivery at a small number of Chick-fil-A restaurants,” Chick-fil-A spokesperson Chelsea Lee told the local newspaper in an email.
Customers must select the “drone delivery” option on the Chick-fil-A app for special service. Once doing so, employees load their food order into a cardboard box and attach the box to a drone outside of the restaurant, according to a video posted by the restaurant showing how the process works.
The drone then flies the food to its destination, lowers the box with a cable and drops it gently on the ground for the customer to pick up.
Drinks, which are sealed before leaving the restaurant, can also be delivered, the location said.
“Just got ours – that was super fast. Food was hot, perfect – thanks!!!!” one satisfied customer commented on the restaurant’s Facebook page.
Another posted a video of her delivery being dropped off at her home: “The most exciting thing ever,” she quipped.
Drones are the latest delivery innovations Chick-fil-A has been trying. The company announced last May that it was testing out autonomous delivery vehicles at select restaurants across the country.