The Emerging Innovation Trends in Package Delivery Industry

Innovation is something that many people tend to recognized only in hindsight long after it has happened. However, it is not easy to acknowledge the world is living in a tenure of the dramatic transformation of how clients get their packages delivered. Two primary instigators will transform the package delivery industry, and they include drones and electric trucks.


Drone Delivery


Of all the innovation transformation in the industry, the trucking and packaging industry experts doing the research were doubtful about the drone delivery. 35 percent of the professionals who participated exhibited confidence that the technology would bring moderate impact on the industry in the next seven years. However, experts say that the development of the drone activity is on the upswing. Drone manufacturers are producing new commercial models every year, and retailers like Amazon and 7-Eleven are trying to deploy the machines on test runs. On top of that, established auto manufacturers such as Mercedes-Benzes are reconnoitering drone incorporation.


While the majority of freight companies are waiting or improved iteration of technology, the drone operator liability issues remain unclear to many. Currently, the drone uses a lot of energy, and they tend to be expensive to make a business lucrative. Nevertheless, there is always room for advancement just like in any other industry. For this reason, the combination of drone and electric trucks is the next paramount innovation in the package delivery industry.


Numerous firms that are designing an innovation delivery to test how the electric drone performs when combined with the electric vehicles. The electric automobiles are factory-made by extending their functionality with delivery-truck bodies from the established delivery firms in the United States such as UPS. Instead of designing the drones to make individual deliveries from a warehouse or packages, each of them is placed on top of an electric truck. Given that this is a unique approach, the expectations are that the drone and the electric truck combination will develop slowly to become one of the conventional methods of delivering packages. However, the adoption of the drone will take place in three major phases namely, the surveillance purposes, remote delivery to rural and isolated regions and then the mainstream.


Electric Trucks


Self-driven trucks are experiencing an explosion of interest since many well-established companies such as Google, Apple and Teslas have shown some interest in the self-driving automobile industry. This is because they have conducted an auto insurance quotes comparison and realized it favors them in one way or the other. According to recent findings, platooning and self-driven trucks have reduced the operating industry cost. The plan to include bumps on the roads to be used by these self-driven trucks is underway to ensure there is a secure and cost-effective driverless truck delivery.


Note that placing the drones on top on the electric trucks is a practical model since it gets rid of many issues that are come by when flying to deliver the packages from various warehouses. For instance, drones have a carrying capacity of not more than 10 pounds. Even though the carrying capacity is sufficient to handle the majority of packages, not all the drones can carry the same weight.


Final Word


Note that a drone-and-truck system is very efficient in package delivery. A driver who is delivering some packages to home in a remote landscape will be required to venture off the main roads many times to deliver a small package to a potential client. All this site trips tend to consume a lot of time and will also increase the cost of fuel and maintenance of the truck.


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Comment by Joe Buzz Drones on November 7, 2017 at 10:52am

Very interesting, I think that the biggest pitfalls for the delivery logistics and drone delivery will the range of operation and operational time... the truck & drone is an interesting approach. Does it depend on what they are trying to achieve, reduce the workload or increase the speeds of delivery? All require data and lots of testing to ensure that it's reliable enough, especially for a larger corporation without losing customers packages etc.

I run an enthusiast website offering racing/camera drones, so far our best product is the Phantom 3 ( I do feel however that when retail drone technology surpasses itself in the market then who's to stop anyone from flying halfway across the country with a retail or DIY drone?


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