Posted By: Miriam McNabbon: December 20, 2021
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How Looser Federal Drone Regulations Could Help The Supply Chain Backlog
The following is a guest post by Dan O’Toole, founder and CEO, DRONEDEK: creators of a drone delivery mailbox. DRONELIFE neither accepts nor makes payment for guest posts.
The global supply chain backlog is at best an inconvenience for holiday shoppers and at worst has led to layoffs and/or manufacturing mayhem as microchips or other items critical to factory production are held hostage to delivery congestion.
Package delivery by drone isn’t going to get the factory floors back to top efficiency, but it does promise long-term and lasting improvements to the environment and consumer convenience. Currently, the last-mile of the delivery chain – that distance between distribution hubs and consumers’ homes – is woefully inefficient and environmentally harmful.
Anyone living in even a small city or town has seen this with their own eyes: Amazon, FedEx, USPS, DHL and UPS trucks circle city blocks repeatedly as human beings drive from point A to B to D and back to A again delivering packages to porches where they may or may not remain until the homeowners retrieve them. Delivery companies work hard to maximize trips and minimize fuel and other costs, but the miles still add up.
In the U.S., 100 million packages are delivered daily to 160 million addresses. Four thousand addresses are added daily. Ninety-one percent of those packages weigh five pounds or less. The Christmas season and pandemic-inspired Work From Home lifestyles have increased consumers’ embrace of package delivery.
With drone delivery – ideally to a secure, smart mailbox – those cargo vans can park in a central location and send out drones to take care of those last inches and feet of the supply chain, reducing drive time. They can then re-supply and move on to serve another neighborhood from the air.
DRONE DELIERY IS ECO- AND HUMAN-FRIENDLY
An Australian study showed increased drone delivery could reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 8,000 tons. and 35 million vehicle kilometers could be saved each year. Drone delivery to a DRONEDEK smart mailbox saves time, money, and physical exertion by:
- Reducing expense – the average cost of last-mile drone delivery is $1 compared to $2 by truck.
- Increasing efficiency – drone delivery eliminates the need for trucks to drive repeatedly through neighborhoods.
- Saving physical exertion on the part of the part of the delivery person.
- Providing package security – packages are locked in the mailbox and opened only via app.
- Providing a charging station to keep the drones flying; and
- Boosting the Long Range (LoRa) network with hotspots for Helium’s People’s Network and using lower bandwidth sensors instead of relying on cellular networks where possible.
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