Ireland’s first retail drone delivery arrives at SuperValu Westport

Posted in Connect on July 9, 2019.

Mark Kavanagh from the Kavanagh Group and SuperValu Westport, pictured with Rosanna Davison and David Reynolds, Sales and Marketing Manager of Solus, to receive the first retail drone delivery of Solus light bulbs. Solus piloted the drone delivery experiment in controlled conditions to be the first lighting company to use drone technology to carry out a retail delivery – lighting the way to autonomous deliveries in the future. Pic: Michael McLaughlin

IRISH lighting company Solus demonstrated that they are ‘light years ahead’ as they piloted the first ever retail drone delivery of light bulbs to a retail store. Mark Kavanagh, Marketing Director
of the Kavanagh Group, joined David Reynolds, Sales and Marketing Director of Solus and former Miss World Rosanna Davison to receive the delivery of Solus light bulbs to SuperValu in Westport. Solus piloted the drone delivery experiment in controlled conditions to be the fi rst lighting company to use drone technology to carry out a retail delivery – lighting the way to  autonomous deliveries in the future.

The Kavanagh Group were the proud recipients of the drone delivery to SuperValu in Westport and the pilot took place in near perfect weather conditions. The Kavanagh Group, headquartered in Westport, is now Ireland’s largest independent supermarket retail company with sixteen supermarkets across Ireland and Britain including nine SuperValu Stores in the Republic of Ireland, two in Northern Ireland and five Budgens stores in the UK. The group also owns and operates a number of other businesses in the hotel, hospitality and hardware sectors across Ireland and the UK.

The assignment contained 30 candle bulbs from the very latest Solus premium XCross Filament LED range. The contents arrived in perfect condition and ahead of schedule proving that even
something as delicate as a light bulb can be delivered by drone and perfectly  intact. While regulatory obstacles remain, there is no doubt that autonomous drone deliveries are just over the
horizon, especially for last-mile connectivity.

“We are always looking for new and innovative ways to improve our service and retail drone deliveries are already being tested across the world so why not here in Ireland,” said David Reynolds,
Sales and Marketing Director of Solus. “SuperValu Westport and the Kavanagh Group provide their customers with the best possible quality and service and we share this mission.”

Solus is an Irish owned company that has been established for over 80 years, now supports 63 jobs in Ireland and sell one light bulb every six seconds. The company have a proud Irish heritage of
innovation and forward thinking that have guided the brand for the last 80 years and have been at the forefront of technology and lighting in Irish homes since electricity was first introduced in
1935. Solus carried out this drone delivery experiment to be the first lighting company to use Drone technology to carry out a B2B retail delivery in Ireland.

The Mayo News, July 9th 2019

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