Tesco to offer drone deliveries in Co Galway

Manna drones will deliver Tesco groceries in Oranmore, Co Galway in a trial from next month. File photo

Tesco has teamed up with drone delivery company Manna on a trial that will see grocery deliveries by drone to customers in Co Galway.

The trial is set to begin late next month, giving shoppers in Oranmore the chance to have essentials delivered by drone.

The trial is aimed at “small baskets”, a market Tesco says will be worth £10 billion (€11 billion) in the UK in the coming years.

“We are interested to see how drones could be part of the solution to deliver to our customers on-demand small baskets,”said Claire Lorains, group innovation director with Tesco. “If our trial with Manna is successful, we believe there is an opportunity to reach many customers through our stores, extending via our drone service.”

Further details of the trial have yet to be clarified.

“Manna has already proven the capability,” said Dave Lewis, Tesco’s group chief executive. “The question is how do we take that capability and apply it to Tesco? That’s the detail that’s being worked on.”