Adoption of Drones in Transport and Logistics Industries
The transport and logistics industries have started investing heavily in drone technology. They are now partnering with start-ups offering services across the drone ecosystem while developing core in-house operational capabilities.
Major industry players, including DPDHL, UPS Flight Forward, Amazon Prime Air, Walmart (in partnership with Zipline) and Alphabet’s Wing, have already started offering drone services after obtaining regulatory waivers.
The adoption of drones presents critical advantages –
- Significant reduction in operating costs due to automation
- Increased personnel safety and efficiency of operations
- Improvement in carbon footprint owing to decreased energy consumption
- Enhanced data-driven insights and decision making
Possible uses of drones in transport and logistics
Organizations can use drones in a wide range of operational areas in the transport and logistics sectors apart from their existing use for delivering goods and packages.
Some of these include –
Inventory Management and Audit
Businesses can use drones to automate inventory management by keeping a count of pallets and scanning barcodes in different warehouse layouts at frequent intervals to gain a more granular and dynamic view of inventory stock. Drones can also capture aerial footage and count inventory stored on the ground in bulk bays.
Factories and warehouses typically occupy vast land areas. Drones can significantly reduce security surveillance costs by providing a more expansive bird’s eye view and acting as a deterrent against parties with malicious intent.
Drones can be effective in fleet inspection and tracking of loading/unloading activities. Shorter inspection times and a real-time view of vehicle location will reduce idle fleet time.
Many parts of logistics and transport operations involve a high degree of risk to the employees present on site. In case of an accident, drones can give a quick 360-degree view of the site helping the rapid response teams in their actions with an increased level of safety.
The average size of a container ship has increased over the years. Drones can assist cargo ships in vessel and cargo inspection activities. Drones can assist cargo ships in vessel and cargo inspection activities, assess local weather accurately and map incidences where the affected area may span a large region due to ocean currents.