Last Week in Delivery News: August 20-26

This week’s theme is the future of deliveries, and you know what that means… DRONES!  

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The use of drones to make deliveries is kind of a stroke of genius.  They’re occupying empty space, taking trucks and cars off the roads, and look pretty badass.  Plus, they improve the most inefficient part of all deliveries, the last-mile. In an ideal world, implementing drone delivery would begin immediately, since multiple companies such as Flytrex, Amazon Prime Air, and Workhorse have already built drones that can carry small and medium packages across cities.  However, a couple of impediments stand in its way:

  • U.S. regulations dictate that drones must be within line-of-sight. Several companies, including Workhouse, have tackled this problem by mating the technology with their already existing on-the-ground delivery fleet.

  • The lightweight nature of drones renders them susceptible to weather damage.

  • Drones will never be able to deliver heavy objects. Not only will it require too big of a machine, but the risks of dropping something heavy from high in the sky are too dangerous.

  • The last time drone delivery was tested in L.A., a whole bunch of people decided it would be fun to take out their pellet and paint guns and shoot them down. A whole other bunch of people chose instead to try and hack them.

  • Companies would still have to maintain multiple delivery logistics if they don’t have an insane number of drones to complete every single delivery.

All this being said, there are still hundreds of startups around the world dedicated to making drone delivery a reality.  Most online purchases weigh less than 1kg, which is way below the max lift weight of 10kg for most drones.  Drone delivery will potentially lower costs, improve operations, and help companies keep up with the ever growing online shopping market.

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And if you’re still not convinced, how do you feel about pizza?  Now you’re thinking, “What does pizza have to do with drone delivery?”  EVERYTHING.  Domino’s is one of the companies most enthusiastic about drone delivery.  Domino’s Group CEO Don Meij was quoted saying, “We’ve always said that it doesn’t make sense to have a two-ton machine delivering a two-kilogram order.”  That’s right folks, pizza delivery by drone will soon be a thing! Get excited.

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I'm much more optimistic than this meme would suggested.