Multiple delivery companies, retailers, shipment firms, and even restaurants are joining the digital revolution through testing robots, drones and self-driving vehicles in order to decrease the delivery costs.
FedEx is apparently one of such companies, as this delivery giant is said to have teamed up with DEKA Development in Research in order to develop the latest project that should help the company cut the delivery costs.
FedEx is also said to have partnered with Walmart and Pizza Hut, so the companies will be collaborating on the further development of robots powered by batteries and made to travel and make deliveries at the speed not greater than 16 kilometers an hour through an initial testing that should commence in summer.
FedEx to Start Testing the Delivery Robot in Summer 2019
FedEx announced the upcoming testing of delivery robots that are being developed in cooperation with DEKA Development and Research, starting from summer, while there will be numerous partner companies working on testing the functionality of the upcoming project and the end product.
Companies that could take advantage of the delivery robot are ranging from retail to deliveries and restaurants, while two of the first companies to join the project are Pizza Hut and Walmart.
The delivery robots are said to resemble coolers on wheels with the ability to use an integrated camera for avoiding obstacles and staying on the course, with the maximal operating speed set at 16 km per hour.
The delivery company further stated that they are planning on introducing the delivery robot to their “Same Day” service in case the testing goes as planned, as the robots are being developed for home deliveries.
At the present, the “Same Day” service by FedEx is available at around 1,900 cities around the globe, which could become the destiny of the upcoming delivery robots as well.
As the company added in their announcement, the project first needs to get an approval from the cities in which the robots will be tested, stating that the initial deliveries will be made between FedEx offices.
Additionally, the company has a goal of mitigating costs for deliveries, as various companies are investing millions of dollars in projects set to resolve the problem of high delivery costs.
For the purpose of comparison, restaurants pay anywhere from 10 to 30% of their orders to third-party deliveries such as Uber Eats, creating what appears to be unnecessary cash outflows in the lack of better solution.
FedEx might be able to resolve this problem for the sake of the company and the project’s partners like Walmart and Pizza Hut, that way cutting the delivery expenditure.