Impact of drones on logistics industry in next 10 years

drone future of logistics

Drones or the unmanned aerial vehicles can broadly be referred to as a flying robot. These aircrafts can either be controlled via remote or it can fly autonomously by way of the software controlled flight plans in the embedded systems that work in conjunction with the GPS.

Evolution of Drones

Drones have been making headlines since past many years in a variety of ways. A lot of these stories revolve around the hobbyists and the amateurs using these remotely controlled aerial vehicles. However, today there are more and more companies that are looking into the drone technology to be able to assist with the logistics. So, it is important for you to make no errors as drones will definitely have a significant impact on the logistics sector in the future. The bigger question is how drones will affect the industry?  

How drones will impact the future of the logistics industry in next one decade?

Store to Consumer
One key area where the usage of the drone will showcase the most significant growth is in the delivery mechanism from the warehouse or the store to the end consumer. In such a scenario a customer might order for a product online via the web portal of the store and a drone will be dispatched to the location of the customer on the same day. Now, the problem with this situation is that drones tend to have a limited range so this type of delivery can be preferred only within an are that lies in close proximity to the warehouse or the retail location.

Inventory Management
Of course store to consumer delivery is the first thing that comes to our mind when it comes to drones however there are other potential developments that logistics companies must take into consideration. One such development is inventory management. For this, one might need, heavy duty drone models and the brighter side is that these are already in the development stage. In this scenario, the larger drones can move between the different warehouses supplying multiple items from one warehouse to the other so as to cater to the regional or the local demand so as to equalize the inventory levels without having to go back to trucking.  


The retailers and consumers tend to experience an uphill battle especially when it comes to claims and returns. Drones, however have the requisite potential to streamline this aspect of the logistics industry. For example, a retailer can employ the use of a heavy duty drone so as to return the damaged part of the pallet of freight. A drone can also be dispatched to the home of the consumer so as to pick up the defective product. Together, the two would eliminate emissions and road congestion by providing a rather quicker process than what is available at present.

Best Drones of 2016

Several drones have been released in the market. However, here we have listed 5 drones that are simply the best, given the features, price and the benefits, each of them has.

DJI Phantom 4

DJI Phantom 4 is definitely an expensive drone however, if you are on a lookout for a complete package – obstacle avoidance, an excellent camera, ready to fly out of the box and automated flight modes, this can be the most preferred drone.

Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K

Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K definitely has a lot on offer however it is the camera of this drone that really sets it apart from the other available consumer drones. It is stabilized with a motorized 3 axis gimbal and the camera of this drone can be effectively removed and used handheld accredited to its included grip.

DJI Phantom 3 Advanced

Not each one of us require whistles and the bells. This drone has all of the important ones and DJI offers it all on its Phantom 3 line. What’s best about this drone is its camera that has a resolution of 2.7 K rather than the more expensive 4K resolution Phantom 3 Professional.

Blade Chroma 4K

The camera, propellers and the landing gear of this Chroma’s drone are all easily movable. It has a controller that comes with an in built touch screen so you’ll simply need to throw this drone in the backpack and that’s it!

DJI Phantom 3 Standard

This was indeed a good deal when DJI launched the Standard however it went on to drop the price significantly and today it is the best RTF quad copter for beginners at this price.

Final Say

True, the drones that are used within the logistics sector have a very long way to go. However, the most pressing concern for proponents of the drones is legislation. The US laws in relation to the operation of the drones is very rigid and limiting and would require significant modification before making these devices an integral part of the industry.


Shalini Bisht

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