While Scentre Group is yet to announce any drone delivery capabilities, Vicinity is looking to scale up the service across its 61 centres.
Vicinity chief innovation and information officer Justin Mills said with almost 66 per cent of Australians living within 30 minutes of their centres, it could be a solution to last-mile delivery.
“The retail industry is changing and Vicinity is employing a test-and-learn approach in areas critical to the role of Australian shopping centres in the future,” Mills said.
“We believe this partnership with Wing will be an important component of our overall distribution and fulfilment strategy and support our new growth strategy.
“Exploring new technologies such as drone delivery means our retailers may provide customers with game-changing product deliveries in minutes rather than days, while also reducing their carbon footprint.”
Flying taxis, freight deliveries on the way
While retail customers are getting deliveries of sushi and iced tea via drone, plans are also under way to transport items and groups of people up to 800 kilograms.
Melbourne-based Skyportz recently signed a deal with Electra.aero to buy 100 electric-hybrid aircraft which require 30 metres to take off and land.