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ARE DRONES THE FUTURE OF DELIVERY SERVICES?

Thursday 28th January 2016
The way our goods purchased online are delivered to us may change forever.

Drones have commonly been used in the past in war as weaponry. These days’ drones can be used in a variety of different ways. Including...

Farming: 

“With their aerial abilities, farmers can now see if their irrigation systems are working, how their crops are growing, even see if any of the plants are sick by using infrared technology. This enables farmers to make critical decisions about where and when to fertilize, plant or water.”



Film making and capturing video: 

Drones  can be adapted by filmmakers looking to capture more innovative shots from far away obscure angles. Also given its aerial abilities drones are able to capture things never seen before.



Covering the news:

UAUs are being used in innovative ways to capture deliver the news.



To name but a few uses. (Read more).

What’s next?


The latest in the innovation of drones seem to be focused on how they can be implemented as an everyday delivery option for retailers.

Google has reported the trial of their latest drone project – Project Wing.

Project Wing aims to deliver packages to homes and businesses and aims to make automated delivery the norm.



There are many potential benefits to be reaped by retailers who choose to incorporate drone delivery into their service offering for customers. 

For example costs saved from that of labour and fuel costs from the cut down of parcels couriered via delivery men in manned vehicles. If the scheme is a success benefits could also be felt in the way of customer experience, enhancing a sense of brand loyalty, as their goods are delivered quickly efficiently, and conveniently, having a knock on effect on promising profits etc.

Amazon are one of the first retailers to announce that they will be embracing this technology into their operations. “ In the not so distant future the idea of ordering a package from Amazon and receiving it in less than thirty minutes will become a reality.” It’s an ambitious statement to make, but Amazon are not the only company to incorporate this delivery style into their business. Domino’s pizza are also keen to get involved.

Back in 2013, Domino’s recorded their first ever ‘Domi-copter’ drone delivery.



Whilst the concept seems impressive and to work well in the video. A fact to be considered is that the video was recorded three years ago, and the drone delivery dream is not yet a reality for domino’s, which suggests that there may be more risks, challenges and practicalities to overcome. 

How practical is drone delivery?


ZDnet says “Unmanned aerial delivery devices may be problematic for delivery users. An aerial delivery device that is powered by a motor or a propeller may be dangerous to pets, overhead powerlines and other features.”

A drone may also find it hard it hard to find a safe place to lane /or leave a package or to understand delivery instructions. “Conventional aerial delivery of packages to delivery locations. Which may cause issues, and problems with correct items being sent the appropriate building.

Whilst the promise of items being delivered to your door 30 mins after ordering is extremely appealing to most consumers. How practical will drone delivery actually be? Can you see it becoming an everyday delivery feature for companies in the not so distant future, or is it simply a farfetched ideology that will never really ‘take off’.

We’d love to hear your views on this. Where else can you see drones intercepting next? Tweet us @AmsourceTech.

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