Are drones a viable package delivery option?

By Lisa McTigue Pierce in Supply Chain on May 23, 2016

In February 2016, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos confirmed that the global online retailer will be testing the use of drones for package delivery in Canada, the U.K. and the Netherlands. The goal of Amazon Prime Air is to “get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less” and using drones for the last leg of product delivery might be the most time and cost effective way of doing that.

Other companies have drone package-delivery programs, too. Google expects its Project Wing to be up and flying by 2017. And Walmart has asked the FAA for permission to test drones for package delivery, according to the FlexPort blog.

Some markets seem to have a jump on FAA acceptance. Last summer, the aviation agency approved the first drone drug delivery service in Virginia from a company called Flirtey, according to Pharmacy Times.

We'd like to know what you think about this emerging technology and its viability as a package delivery option, especially as ecommerce shopping continues to grow at astonishing rates.

Please take a few minutes to give us your opinion in this short poll. Thanks.

 

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We definitely think drones will have a huge impact in package delivery. We actually wrote about the different uses in the supply chain from customer delivery to inventory trackig and employee safety. http://www.investcalgaryregion.ca/blog/drones-in-logistics-5-surprising-uses-to-your-business
I'd rather see the data than comment blindly. In theory, a drone could be a good delivery system for a package under 5 lbs.
The future of drones is amazing, for example Airbus is working on several projects to improve urban mobility by using drones: http://www.xdrones.es/movilidad-urbana-del-futuro-drones/
Amazon has been awarded a patent for "docking stations" for its delivery drones that will be built on tall structures such as lampposts or churches and allow the unmanned machines to recharge and pick up packages. <A HREF="http://www.xdrones.es/convertir-alumbrado-publico-en-docking-stations/">http://www.xdrones.es/convertir-alumbrado-publico-en-docking-stations/</A>