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December 1st, 2015

Could Drones Revolutionize Small Business?

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by Rachel Borene

Picture this:

You’re at home, preparing for a large dinner party when suddenly you remember that some of your guests have a dietary restriction you forgot to prepare for. These guests can’t eat gluten, and you prepared a chocolate cake for dessert. You know of a great bakery in town that makes gluten free cupcakes, but uh oh, guests are starting to arrive at your door and there’s no way you’ll be able to drive to the bakery now.

Luckily for you, the bakery happens to be one of the small businesses that utilize delivery drones. You pull out your smartphone and place an order for a dozen delicious gluten free cupcakes. Thirty minutes later, just as your guests are sitting down for dinner, you get a text alert that your cupcakes have arrived. You open your front door and, viola!, a drone has landed with a box that contains your dessert. You take the box, the drone flies away, and you’ve successfully shopped at a great local business without ever having to leave your home.

This delivery method isn’t as far-fetched as it may sound. In fact, back in June, the very first commercial delivery by drone was made (1). The drone was made by Australian start-up company Flirtey, who wants to revolutionize drone delivery. Their goal is to make drone delivery so common that a drone could deliver everything from medicine to pizza.

With our daily lives being so hectic, companies like Flirtey want to help people save time or expand their own customer base. Picture the positive that delivery drones could have for your friends or relatives who own a small business.