FAA grounds Valentine's Flower Delivery Express drone
COMMERCE TOWNSHIP, Mich., Feb. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- FlowerDeliveryExpress.com recently conducted the first flower delivery by drone. In response to the Federal Aviation Administration, who informed the company that commercial use is only authorized on a case-by-case basis, FlowerDeliveryExpress.com CEO Wesley Berry is forced to halt future testing with drones.
FlowerDeliveryExpress.com had intended to deliver as many free rose bouquets as possible to its beta test group on Valentine's Day so as to benchmark the delivery capacity of its drone. The company currently uses traditional delivery methods to serve its several million customers across the country.
"Unfortunately, we can no longer conduct testing of delivering flowers by drone," said Berry. "However, the good news is that this technology is here to stay. When the time is right, we'll be ready for orders to be delivered, not by an address, but by GPS coordinates. It's exciting to plan the future of the business based on this emerging technology."
Berry maintains his multi-million dollar online floral delivery operation by staying ahead of others in the industry, and by testing and implementing technology to enhance the delivery of flowers. Alternative delivery methods are currently taking place and in development such as trucks carrying pre-made bouquets for rapid delivery and other guarded secret methods.
FlowerDeliveryExpress.com has launched a consumer beta program to test alternative delivery methods and other development efforts with a select group of customers before going to market. Consumers can sign up for the beta test group at www.FlowerDeliveryExpress.com/beta. Participation is not guaranteed, and you must be a U.S. resident.
Berry added: "Cupid's wings have been clipped!"
The drone flower delivery, which took place Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 in metro Detroit, can be viewed on YouTube here: http://bit.ly/1lXLQgn.
Wesley Berry is the CEO of FlowerDeliveryExpress.com, a multi-million dollar online floral delivery operation. Berry also owns Wesley Berry Flowers, a Detroit-based brick-and-mortar florist established in 1946. FlowerDeliveryExpress.com is rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau. The company has also been voted "Best Florist" more than a dozen times.
FlowerDeliveryExpress.com delivers from their own brick and mortar flower shops with their own delivery fleet, and through FedEx and UPS from coast to coast. Deliveries are also made via a computerized sending network of affiliated shops. They provide delivery throughout most of the United States, Canada, and more than 80 countries around the world. Shoppers can conveniently make floral purchases 24 hours a day/7 days a week by phone at 888-851-2881 or online at www.FlowerDeliveryExpress.com. Like FlowerDeliveryExpress.com on Facebook.
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