Industries have adapted and transformed to keep pace with advancing technology and consumer expectations. When internet access became a household standard, companies shifted away from traditional brick-and-mortar stores in favor of eCommerce. The convenience of shopping online speaks for itself, and eCommerce giants like Amazon set high expectations for rapid deliveries and easy returns. However, the deliveries themselves have changed remarkably little compared to the purchasing process. Traditional postal service providers like USPS, UPS, and FedEx dominated the shipping and handling for online retailers.

Drone deliveries marked the first dramatic innovation in package delivery. Though the concept is still new, it is just one way drones are revolutionizing business standards. All industries can expect significant drone-driven changes, including:

  • Construction safety. Construction is a high-risk industry with numerous perils. Workers perform a lot of manual labor, use heavy machinery, and traverse scaffolding high above the ground. Drones can identify safety risks rapidly, such as trip hazards, live wires, or personnel not wearing the proper personal protective equipment (PPE). The drones can then alert the site supervisor to take swift action and prevent injuries. They can also assist with safety inspections without putting the inspector at risk.
  • Disaster relief. Drones have numerous implications for providing disaster relief. They proved invaluable during the height of the pandemic by delivering medical supplies, COVID tests, and PPE to the healthcare industry with zero contact. Drones can also save lives by providing much-needed relief to places hit by hurricanes and other natural disasters. They can also help locate missing people in emergency situations.
  • Real estate advertising. The real estate industry relies heavily on photography, but aerial footage wasn’t cost-effective prior to drones. Drones can provide up-to-date photos and videos of commercial properties and give potential homebuyers a better idea of the community. Proving the point, properties with drone photography and video sell faster than those with ground-level only photos.
  • Last-mile deliveries. Amazon first floated the concept of drone deliveries in 2013, and the FFA gave its approval in 2020. As of December 2022, Amazon Prime Air is set to launch in two cities in the United States. While drone delivery services still have some hurdles to clear before going mainstream, they represent a faster and less expensive method to deliver packages—particularly in urban areas.

Drone technology is rapidly advancing and has numerous implications for businesses of all industries. However, understanding how to best incorporate drones to drive value and cost savings can be challenging. Contact Windermere Insurance Group to learn more about mitigating risks as your company navigates the rapidly shifting technology landscape.