It is expected that by 2020, the drone market will expand by 6000%, reaching a global value of $127 billion. Soon, drones will change the way we do business, becoming integrated within many standard processes and practices across numerous industries.
To remain competitive, companies must start evaluating ways in which drones could operate within their business model. If you’re caught behind when the drone revolution hits, you’ll be left with a mad scramble to catch up with those who anticipated the rise of drone technology.
But, what exactly are the effects that drones will have on the business world?
- Streamlined Supply Chains
Everyone is aware of Amazon’s plans for a delivery system ruled by an army of drones whizzing around the country. However, the fact is this isn’t just some PR stunt that has no grounds in reality. It is actually an evolution process set to have large implications in the world of commerce and supply chains.
Cost projection figures suggest that the induction of a drone delivery system could provide huge savings for the company, with drone operations about to deliver over 80% of all packages at a far cheaper rate than those delivered by truck.
Drones are also considerably quicker, too. Packages can be affixed to drones, delivered within hours or even minutes of order placements, with the drone returning to its depot to continue carrying products.
The technology also has the capability to deliver to GPS coordinates given off by smartphone devices, not just addresses, which means consumers can order and receive products anywhere.
Drones have the potential to cut costs, improve efficiency and add new dynamics to supply chains across many businesses and industries.
Given the benefits, we aren’t just going to be seeing drones in large corporations. From eCommerce businesses to pizza delivery companies, plenty of small business owners are looking to drone training courses to make sure they are set up and ready for the upcoming revolution.
- Revolutionising Inventory Processes
Recording, checking and taking inventory is a long, drawn-out and laborious task, but it has to be done. Under current systems, managing inventory often absorbs a lot of hours and even more money. However, drones are changing all that.
Automated drone systems can be programmed to follow flight patterns searching for specific barcodes or other electronic signals. Small and nimble, they can move through sites full of large amounts of inventory, such as warehouses, shop floors and even areas of livestock, checking inventory quickly and efficiently.
Drones can be used to speed up the inventory process, decrease costs and lower the possibility of human error. Another strong benefit over current inventory tracking technology is that they can also help locate individual items over large areas, without the need for long searches.
- Increased On-Site Security
When CCTV was made widely available to businesses in the 1970s, it took off with remarkable results. The use of this deterrence technology transformed the on-site security of millions of businesses across the globe. Now, though, CCTV is old-hat compared to what else is available.
Drones are offering a new and more versatile alternative to CCTV cameras. Like CCTV, they can record and monitor, deterring criminals and recording crimes should they take place. Unlike CCTV, though, drones can follow and track ongoing incidents, without the limitations of a fixed camera.
Security can move their drones to positions they need to be in, allowing them to make better decisions, gather quality evidence and increase the deterrence aspect of on-site security. Drones are also able to get to blind spots that are not covered by fixed-position cameras.
- Remote Management
Camera-mounted drones are not just making surveillance easier; they are also changing the way projects are managed. Given the accessibility and versatility of drones, members of management are able to use them to view and monitor the projects of work projects from remote locations.
An example of this is in the construction industry, where drones can be used to travel around building sites to survey current progress. Management teams and even investors get a real-time, detailed look at what is going on without having to travel, saving both money and time.
Drones allow management in many industries to gain accurate and current information that opens up the chance to make decisions remotely (even internationally) giving them the opportunity to focus their time and skills elsewhere.
About the Author
Matt Lee is an ex-pilot turned drone expert. Through his business, Uplift Drone Training, he runs drone piloting training in the UK, helping individuals and businesses learn how to master the rising form of technology.