Varying regional approaches to drone development, adoption and regulations

As the saga of developing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or drones) to carry goods and shipments continues, some regions are emerging as forerunners in the development, adoption and regulation of drones. While drone development is still in its early stages, the disruptive technology presents stakeholders in air cargo an opportunity to fill gaps in supply […]

Alphabet’s Wing plans drone drug-store deliveries within a month

(Bloomberg) —One of the nation’s largest drug store chains and a shipping service giant are joining forces, with Alphabet Inc.’s Wing to begin a first-of-its-kind drone delivery service in October. Walgreens, FedEx Corp. and Wing, an offshoot of Google that was the first U.S. drone operator to receive partial certification as an airline, will begin the exploratory […]

Chinese drones deliver KFC, Subway [VIDEO]

Consumers can rejoice!  With viral food crazes, like fried chicken, causing stores sold out of the product to face backlash from customers, drones may offer a viable solution to getting customers their cravings.  Chinese carrier Songba Airfreight is now offering a service utilizing drones developed by Chinese drone start-up Antwork to deliver takeout orders from restaurants, including Subway or KFC, to customers in Hangzhou. Customers […]

Direct Relief consortium completes long-range drone pharma delivery

This week, a consortium led by humanitarian aid organization Direct Relief announced the successful completion of a program testing the potential use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, in delivering temperature-controlled medicines and vaccines.   Members of the consortium include drone developer Volans-i, biopharmaceutical company Merck, AT&T and passive temperature control packaging company Softbox.  The successful long-range pilot test was conducted […]

DHL Express, EHang launch smart drone in Guangzhou

Cargo drones may not yet be regulated enough to be unleashed into the skies of major airfreight hubs, but major integrators, such as DHL Express, have be partnering with unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturers to create increasingly intelligent, reliable and customizable drone systems when the time comes. The latest demonstration took place today in Guangzhou, […]

Google spinoff’s drone delivery business first to get FAA approval [VIDEO]

An offshoot of Alphabet Inc.’s Google has become the first drone operator to receive government approval as an airline, an important step that gives it the legal authority to begin dropping products to actual customers. The subsidiary, Wing Aviation LLC, now has the same certifications that smaller airlines receive from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of […]

UPS teams with Matternet to deliver medical samples via drone

In what UPS is calling the first revenue drone service in the United States, the integrator said today that it has collaborated with California-based drone technology firm Matternet to send the first of many daily scheduled daily flights of medical samples via unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for a North Carolina hospital client. With clearance by […]

Helsinki Airport aims for drone cooperation with Skyports trials [VIDEO]

While unauthorized drone operations near London Gatwick Airport (LGW) led the United Kingdom to tighten restrictions on near-airport operations earlier this year, Finland’s Helsinki Airport (HEL) is taking a more cooperative approach that could help launch urban drone deliveries. This week, U.K.-based drone infrastructure firm Skyports successfully completed urban environment drone delivery trials at HEL. […]

TACF18: Cargo drones loom large over Toronto show [VIDEOS]

TORONTO – Amid all the talk of digitalization, blockchain and cargo communities at this year’s Air Cargo Forum, the session that earned the biggest buzz this week was the “Unmanned Freight Aircraft” panel. Rather than the small quad-copter demonstration projects seen over the last few years, the manufacturers showcased here are working on prototypes for […]

Flytrex drone service tees off at U.S. golf course [VIDEO]

Carrying an order of burgers and fries to hungry golfers is not exactly the same as landing a loaded FedEx freighter. But for drone logistics company Flytrex, it’s another milestone in the advancement in last-mile delivery, despite the severe regulatory restrictions still in place. In partnership with unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) firm, EASE Drones, Flytrex today […]

Lufthansa Technik tests out use of drones for safety checks

Digitization concepts like the internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence (A.I.) software, and drone technology were arguably the most talked about up-and-coming trends in supply chain management in 2017. In the first quarter of this year, we still haven’t seen many commercial uses in the cargo world, but we may soon begin to see uses […]

E-commerce disruption of air cargo only in its opening act, Unisys says

We are only seeing the opening act of the e-commerce effect, according to logistics IT company Unisys. A report released by the company this week claims that the global air cargo industry will transform by 2020 through “even smarter” warehouses, as companies across the supply chain rush to capitalize on the e-commerce boom. One novel […]
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