UPS to Compete Against Amazon's Drone Deliveries

Posted by: Maxine Brimmer (2 years, 10 months ago)

Everyone seems to be talking about Jeff Bezos’ now famous appearance on 60 Minutes, when he announced that our Christmas presents and impulse online purchases would soon be delivered to us by a fleet of flying delivery drones.

Of course it was only a matter of time until other retailers and service providers got into the act, but it seems like the first company to proclaim “Fly, my pretties!” alongside Amazon will be none other than global delivery company UPS. It was revealed to The Verge that the delivery giant had plans of its own to populate the skies with an army of remote-controlled minions.

So far UPS has kept quiet publicly; however it has commented that the commercial use of drones was certainly a field of technology which they would be interested in evaluating further. Depending on what UPS’ plans are, we may even see their fleet of drones go mobile before Amazon has begun to offer the futuristic service.

Whilst the concept of having purchases delivered directly to your address by a flying drone is certainly appealing, there are those who question the practicality of Amazon’s master plan. Some online critics have even gone as far as to say that Bezos’ appearance was nothing more than clever pre-Christmas marketing. Whatever the case, it is perfectly possible that drones will in fact become a regular part of daily deliveries in the future, even if Amazon’s personal delivery system never quite comes to fruition.

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