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Commercial drone delivery begins in rural China

by Futures Centre, Jun 21
1 minute read

While the concept of drone delivery is nothing new, and Amazon has shown their ambitions to start drone delivery in 2020, real-life product delivery by drone has so been just been concepts, pilots and stunts.


Until now. 

Chinese ecommerce giant,, has launched the first operational drone delivery programme for customers in rural China, encompassing 100 villages in Suqian district, Jiangsu province, with 40 drones. With the same same-day delivery service as currently available in major cities, drone delivery promises to help China’s 600m strong rural population enjoy the same access to ecommerce as their urban counterparts, adding an extra boost to the already burgeoning industry. 


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