Does the idea of package delivery by drone sound far-fetched? Well, it might become reality before we know it.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is finalizing a series of rules to allow commercial package delivery by drone. Drone delivery will represent a fundamental shift in how the logistics industry delivers goods across the country- potentially reducing shipping times, creating more efficient delivery routes, and lowering operational costs. UPS is even testing the launch of autonomous drones from delivery trucks that deliver a package and return to the truck while the driver continues along the route.
Retailers are also getting into the action. Read how Kroger Supermarkets is piloting a drone service that will deliver goods in as little as fifteen minutes to a physical address or even the location of a customer’s smartphone, allowing for the delivery of resupplies while at a park or on a hike.
There will surely be challenges to this new mode of commerce and a lot to get used to, with the prospect of buzzing drones all around. In any case we may be seeing this concept develop faster than we expect- so will your next package be shipped by drone? Let me know what you think!
~ Brian Kasal- The Leadership Matrix
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