According to Flexport, executives at Google Wing claim they will deliver packages via drone in upcoming years. Additionally, Amazon stated that it, too, will soon packages to people’s doorsteps by automated drones – in as little as 30 minutes.
Since it seems that drone delivery is quickly becoming a reality, let’s take a look at how it works and what it means for packaging.
How Does Drone Delivery Work?
Drone delivery is an automated system that uses unmanned quadcopters to deliver packages, eliminating wait times and the cost of human labor.
According to Robotics Trends, these drones use sensors, cameras and computer systems to locate exactly where a package should be delivered. They pull the information from the consumer’s smartphone, calculate a route and have the capability to determine safe locations to drop the deliveries.
Additionally, drones have the ability to communicate with each other to determine the best flight path available and adjust if a person’s location changes.
When the drone has reached its destination, it will notify the person and ask if the yard is clear, for example, and then drop the package.
However, in order for this speedy drone delivery system to work, the package must be lightweight, and the destination must be close and in a suburban setting, for now. Additionally, businesses that want to fly drones must get FAA approval first and adhere to certain guidelines.
How Does This Impact Packaging?
Pack Con cites that the drone delivery method will require innovative packaging to ensure the products and drones don’t get damaged.
The packaging must be lightweight, durable, flexible and tear resistant. Additionally, it should be resistant to water, mildew, chemicals and grease.
While the drone delivery market has other logistical obstacles to overcome in addition to packaging, such as battery life, weather and unreliable location data, the market is expected to exceed $1 billion in sales over the next five years.
Packaging Adhesives That Rise to the Challenge
Additionally, these innovative packaging adhesives handle a wide range of end-use temperatures and have extreme heat resistance. They offer a fast set speeds with the right open and set times, optimizing production lines.
As a result, Bostik has the expertise to handle the evolving package delivery system.