22 Dec IS THE FUTURE OF E-COMMERCE IN DRONE DELIVERIES?
EHome deliveries by drones are a huge opportunity for businesses. Logistics and retail companies like Amazon and UPS are investing and exploring ways to ramp up and roll out the technology. Regular problems still have to be overcome, but the technology is ready to move and could be coming to your doorstep soon.
The logistics are complex and intense. The regulatory hurdles and red tape are also three. Rural deliveries are often the most expensive routes for logistics and transport firms. But with autonomous vehicles, the technology is already capable of the task at hand. However, it will take some time to create trust in customers to allow the drones flying onto their property for any purpose.
IMPACT OF LONE DELIVERIES TIMES
Amazon Prime Air is a conceptual future delivery system that the retail giant promises will get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less, as long as the destination is within ten miles of an Amazon fulfillment center. The company is experimenting with drone deliveries of packages that weigh up to five pounds, which make up nearly 90% of the items it sells. Prime Air is being tested in multiple international locations, with development centers in the UK, the United States and Israel. Its first order, for an Amazon Fire Stick and bag of popcorn delivered in the Cambridgeshire countryside, arrived in just 13 minutes.
COMPANIES ARE PUTTING THEIR MONEY INTO DRONE DELIVERIES
There are few key examples of companies putting their money into drone deliveries:
Amazon, of course, is the best-known one. Amazon Prime Air is testing online drones delivery in several international locations to get goods to customers in 30 minutes or less.
UPS has also estimated that cutting off just one mile for the routes of each of the company’s 66,000 delivery drivers would amount to $50 million in savings. Due to this, UPS (United Parcel Service) is testing drone deliveries, using the top of its vans as a mini-helipad.
Domino’s has delivered the first pizza by drone famously 2016 for a New Zealand couple. The pizza company says that the drones will change future delivery operations.