Here’s the latest from the world of drones

In recent years the drone market has accelerated as the technology gets cheaper and more and more uses are found. Stratistics MRC’s recent survey estimated that the market could reach US$8.27 billion by 2027, up from last year’s figure of US$1.90 billion. 

With health matters high on the current global agenda, American manufacturer Matternet has teamed up with UPS Flight Forward (UPSFF) to trial a new distribution system in Wake Forest Baptist Health hospital in North Carolina. Using a hub-and-spoke routing model, two separate tasks are undertaken: firstly delivering scheduled deliveries of specialty medicines with a short shelf life or temperature sensitivity, secondly an on-demand offering for consumables such as PPE. 

Conrad Emmerich, chief supply chain officer at the hospital observed, “Increasing efficiency of our supply chain routes helps provide better service to our patients and their families… Partnering with UPS Flight Forward through our iQ Healthtech Labs opens new doors for us to do just that through drone delivery.”


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