Monday – Next Day Delivery?
That is Soooo 2010-ish!
The competition between online and bricks-and-mortar stores is about to take another "great leap forward," and of course, Amazon is leading the charge. Even casual observers of the retail business action have noticed and been impressed with Amazon's innovative retailing practices which have launched them to the top of the pack in sales recently.
First it was their rapid dispatch of orders directly into the delivery pipelines of UPS and the Post Office that brought the world of wide product selection and in-stock availability to everyone. In less time than it takes for you to even find a parking place at the shopping center, you could browse thousands of choices and order your selection with just one click, dispatching the product almost immediately.
Just as the biggies such as Walmart and Penny's were getting their warehouses geared up to match it, Amazon introduced Amazon Prime that (for an annual fee) gave the customer free 2-day delivery of their purchase. And earlier this year Amazon introduced same-day delivery in several major cities with the plan to expand that service to all areas that are not far from one of their many distribution centers. Yes, you could suddenly realize that today is wifey's birthday and pick up the phone, order something nice, and it will be delivered before you get home from work. Is this a great country or what?
While the other retailers are still trying to figure out the logistics to match this service, Amazon subtly announced that they will be keeping light-years ahead of the others with the planned introduction of 30-minute home delivery of most orders. You read that right, delivered to your home in 30 minutes. This is how imaginative the Amazon planners are.
So how are they going to swing this one? The answer is obvious: Drones. That's right. Amazon has already engineered and built the prototypes of a delivery drone that will carry up to 5 lbs. (which is 86% of their business) and you know the GPS addressing system is already sophisticated enough to handle it. The only hurdle remaining is getting approval from the Federal Aviation Agency and that is in the pipeline, too.
The FAA has already approved drone usage permits for 1,400 police and other governmental agencies and the current planned path of permissiveness will be opening up the airways to commercial users sometime in 2015. What's causing the delay is getting regulations written up and approved that will allow private drones to overfly urban areas and to limit the risk of injury to people and places on the ground if something goes wrong.
How will this work? Amazon has produced and released a video showing how their system operates and what their delivery vehicle looks like:
Welcome to the Jetson's neighborhood, folks. Now let's get our old-fashioned equipment checked out and I will walk (gasp!) over to the Bunn-O-Matic and start a fresh pot. See you back in the
landing zone day room in a few minutes.
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