The Future of Drone-Based Shipping

October 16, 2023

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The State of Transportation

The current state of transportation and shipping operations is undergoing significant transformation. Traditional methods like mailmen, UPS deliveries, and brick-and-mortar stores are still prevalent, but innovative approaches are emerging, particularly in the business-to-business sector, such as Third-Party Logistics.

Technological Advancements

Advancements in tracking, 24/7 communication, and route mapping have already revolutionized the shipping process. However, the industry continues to explore further innovations, especially in the movement of heavy containers over long distances.


One notable modern development is the use of drones for product delivery. Companies like Amazon are experimenting with drone technology to minimize delivery delays. Wing, a drone company based in Palo Alto, CA, recently partnered with retail giant Wal-Mart to provide “store-to-door” drone deliveries. Their drone “pilots” track and guide automated delivery devices, akin to air traffic controllers, using dot-based radar systems. These drones operate quietly at an altitude of around 200 feet and a speed of approximately 65mph.

Drone Strike? Just Kidding

While drone delivery technology is still a work in progress, it’s exciting to see science fiction-like concepts becoming a reality. At present, it doesn’t appear that these drones pose a significant threat to job security. Ground-based shipping will remain essential, especially for larger-scale moves. Nevertheless, the potential impact of drone-based technology on the freight industry is a fascinating subject to ponder.


Works Cited: How it’s delivered: Wing gives glimpse of a future with drone delivery – FreightWaves

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