FUTURE DRONE DELIVERY
Future Package Drone Delivery Fleets
Drone deliveries look like the future: unmanned quadcopters rapidly delivering packages to our doors, eliminating both wait times and the cost of human labor. But from an economic perspective, it’s easy to see how drone delivery could be an elegant technological solution in search of a problem.
That’s because the economics of last mile delivery are driven by two factors, route density and drop size. Route density is the number of drop offs you can make on a delivery route, often called a “milk-run” in industry parlance. Drop-size is the number of parcels per stop on the milk run.
If you make lots of deliveries over a short period of time or distance, the cost per delivery will be low. Likewise, if you drop off lots of parcels at the same location, the cost per parcel will be low.
The latest industry to benefit from drones is logistics and commerce. In cases where urgent express shipments are required, for example in crowded cities or in rural areas lacking in adequate infrastructures, drone delivery could provide the ideal solution.