Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Drone Last Mile Deliveries Take Another Step Forward with New Partnership

Logistics Groups Taking Autonomous Freight Transport Seriously
Shipping News Feature

UK – BULGARIA – GERMANY – WORLDWIDE – It seems that, having successfully persuaded Hellmann Worldwide Logistics earlier this month of the practicality of their company drones for transporting consignments up to 350 kilogrammes, the autonomous craft from DRONAMICS are now to be trialled by DHL for carriage of freight.

These machines are of course next generation craft and the company’s Black Swan model is a proving ground for certain select scenarios. Now DHL will partner DRONAMICS to jointly develop solutions and offer same-day cargo drone deliveries to customers using the aircraft. The pair say drone company’s goal to become carbon-negative by 2027 and direction to operate on sustainable biofuels in future will play a part in helping DHL achieve its own goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050.

Despite that Hellmann deal both companies claim they are discussing mutual exclusivity for middle-mile drone deliveries in selected industries and markets. Matthias Heutger, Senior Vice President, Global Head of Innovation & Commercial Development at DHL observed:

“Innovation is a key part of DHL’s DNA. We are constantly exploring new technologies to bring value to our customers, and we believe that cargo drones will be an element in the next generation of transportation in logistics. DRONAMICS is a pioneer and leader in the field of cargo drones and our collaboration will help to open up opportunities for urgent, sensitive and time-critical deliveries. We are excited to pilot the use of the Black Swan in customer operations in the near future.”

The partnership aims to combine the middle-mile cargo drones with DHL’s first and last mile services. As part of the agreement, DRONAMICS will provide equipment and expertise to operate the unmanned drone flights, employing staff in handling and technical roles. The first commercial flights of the same-day drone cargo services are expected to begin in 2022. Svilen Rangelov, Co-Founder and CEO of DRONAMICS, commented:

“We are incredibly excited that DRONAMICS has been selected by DHL, the world’s largest logistics provider as their first middle-mile drone partner, with a partnership that provides mutual exclusivity in selected industries and markets. This partnership has the potential to generate €1.86 billion to DRONAMICS’ revenues annually, with plans underway to build and operate over 4,000 cargo drones to support the partnership in the coming years.”

Photo: Black Swan in operation has a potential range of 2,500 kilometres.