The Drones Are Coming. Warehouses Need to Get Ready
The drones are coming. And they’re going to force warehouses to change, according to a new report from JLL.
While warehouses have gone through little change over the years, Ashley Smart, EMEA logistics development director at JLL, says that buildings will need to “accommodate drones in just a few years if technical and regulatory progress continues at its current pace.”
JLL says warehouses will need to incorporate charging points, roof hatches or sky lights, or more space outside for drone landing pads to be drone-ready. In addition, warehouse operators will need to rethink design, picking and packing operations and shipping methods.
“3PLs more used to dispatching multiple items will be switching to single items being sent out individually—that alone is a big change to overcome given traditional delivery methods,” Smart says.