Solus completes first retail drone delivery of bulbs

Updated / Thursday, 4 Jul 2019 13:08

The drone carried 30 candle bulbs from the Solus's premium XCross Filament LED range to SuperValu in Westport

Irish lighting company Solus has piloted the first retail drone delivery of light bulbs to an Irish shop.

Solus piloted the drone delivery experiment in controlled conditions to Kavanagh Group's SuperValu store in Westport in Co Mayo from its depot in Castlebar - some 18km.

This makes it the first lighting company to use drone technology to carry out a retail delivery.

The assignment contained 30 candle bulbs from the Solus's premium XCross Filament LED range. 

They arrived in perfect condition and ahead of schedule, which Solus proved that even something as delicate as a light bulb can be delivered by drone and perfectly intact. 

Solus said that while regulatory obstacles remain, there is no doubt that autonomous drone deliveries are just over the horizon, especially for last-mile connectivity.

It said Solus Labs, its innovation hub, will continue to work with its partners to comply with the latest regulations and hope to develop retail light bulb drone deliveries into a commercial reality.

"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. 

Now 80 years old, Solus has a workforce of 63 and sells a light bulb every six seconds.