Monday, April 17, 2023

Flyby Robotics Reducing Delivery Cost

Delivery is in demand.  The question is what is the fastest way or the least expensive way to get your customer s meal, food, beverage delivered? According to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® the answer to that question about delivery is changing every day and all food retailers must evolve their methods of delivery as consumer delivery standards evolve.

In case you have not heard, Flyby Robotics, is a end-to-end drone automation and delivery company is building end-to-end automation for drone delivery. Founded by a team of engineers out of Yale, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Anduril, Flyby was created to unlock the labor-saving potential of UAV technology for every merchant. Such delivery methods are faster and more affordable than car-based courier systems

Jason Lu, Founder & CEO of Flyby Robotics, stated, “You don’t have to be a multibillion-dollar corporation or a global military superpower to reap the economic benefits of autonomous drones,” … “Our AI-powered autonomous systems allow any merchant to dramatically reduce the cost of delivery to their customers.”

With a successful round of fresh funding under its belt, Flyby’s pilot launch and a series of active partnerships with food retailers and innovative snack brands across the US. The first group of live retailers include smoothies from Nekter Juice Barsalad from MAD Greens, sushi from Tokyo Joe’s, and crunchy shiitake mushroom chips from Popadelics. During the live pilot, customers from participating retailers are able to order drone delivery for just $3, and experience delivery times averaging under 4 minutes.

says Dr. Diana Bowman, Associate Dean and Professor, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and Co-Director, Center for Smart Cities & Regions, Arizona State University, stated, “Flyby’s entrance into the Mesa market further enhances the Greater Phoenix region’s vision to be the smartest and most connected region not only in the United States but across the world,”… “Their launch in Mesa should be viewed as a paradigm shift in food delivery services, allowing customers to not only more easily connect with local restaurants, but also receive their fresh food faster. The Center for Smart Cities and Regions at ASU is delighted to partner with innovative companies such as Flyby as we work collectively to advance our smart region vision.” 

Steve Schulze, co-founder and CEO, Nekter Juice Bar, stated, “Nekter Juice Bar has always pushed forward to the forefront of technology to improve the guest experience, starting with our best-in-class app with more than 1.3 million loyalty members and user-friendly online ordering capabilities,” ... “We are now continuing that tradition of innovation working with future-looking companies like Flyby.”

So, the pre-seed round, will fund product development with the goal of achieving Level 4 autonomy for Flyby’s flight systems, which currently perform at Level 3. At Level 4 autonomy, drones operate without any human intervention throughout the delivery process, but allow a pilot in a remote command center the option to manually override in rare circumstances.

Adrian Fenty, Founding Managing Partner at MaC Venture Capital, stated, “We saw in the Flyby team the tenacity and technical rigor to execute on a game-changing idea,”... “We’re excited to watch drone delivery transform retail over the next 5 years.”

Get this, Flyby has already developed an industry-leading package deployment system, which gently winches products down from a hovering drone to customers’ doorsteps. The system is designed to uphold a product’s quality during flight and delivery, and allows Flyby to deliver fragile products like smoothies without spilling a drop.

Marilyn Yang, co-founder and CEO of Fun-Gal Snacks, the parent company of Popadelics, “Partnering with Flyby was a no-brainer for us; Popadelics Crunchy Mushroom Chips aren’t just a snack - they’re an experience, which drone delivery further amplifies,” ... “We see many future possibilities for drone delivery for the Popadelics brand in partnership with Flyby.”

Flyby is working with “The City of Las Vegas’ Innovation District which is excited about drone delivery and its potential to reduce traffic, heighten technological development in the region, and provide more sustainable delivery infrastructure”, stated, Michael Sherwood, Chief Innovation Officer at the City of Las Vegas and its Innovation District, a future launch partner. “In addition to providing economic and employment opportunities.

Are you looking for a new partnership to drive sales? Are you ready for some fresh ideations? Do your food marketing tactics look more like yesterday than tomorrow?  Visit for more information or contact: Remember success does leave clues and we just may have the clue you need to propel your continued success. 

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