The promise of delivery by drone to retailers is obvious: fast-moving, self-flying robots could cut down the costs of the most expensive part of a product’s journey, which today typically moves by a large truck driven by a wage-making human.
By the mid-2010s, commentators and media were predicting a sky darkened by thousands or millions of drones. In interviews, white papers and patents, Amazon has for years repeatedly teased its intentions of building large-scale drone delivery operations. The company just recently won clearance to begin drone delivery on a rural test range.
Drone delivery has remained in experimental stages. Now, the world’s largest retailer is signaling that it thinks large-scale drone delivery is finally nigh.Retail Dive