Would you feel concerned about having a package delivered to your home via drone?
36% of respondents in this week's survey from Give as you Live, say they’d be worried about theft.
Would that worry you? It seems to be a legitimate concern with 5% of respondents saying they would consider stealing packages from doorsteps!
When the drones come, and according to Jeff Bezos, they are coming – what will this mean for the whole delivery ecosystem? Are there other businesses that can spring up around this?
Creating a new kind of mailbox that the drone can drop items into might be one new business opportunity. As that might discourage theft – and also open up more choice around grocery deliveries if it were, for example, a chiller box. It is fun to start imagining how this type of delivery innovation might re-shape shopping experiences.
At the moment, Amazon is only talking about lighter parcels. I suppose there are safety concerns if heavier items start raining from the sky.
Overall, I feel that this is a greener way to manage the supply chain and for that reason, I'm fascinated to see how it pans out. However, on my street there's a tough gang of cats and no living birds in site. I wonder how cat-proof these low flying drones will be?
Drones to deliver your shopping could soon be a reality but many UK consumers do not plan to use the technology when it arrives, according to a study. Less than a third told a survey by shopping website Give as you Live they plan to use drones as a means of delivery if and when the technology becomes more widely available. Retail giant Amazon has already conducted trials of parcel delivery by unmanned aircraft. A total of 36% of those surveyed said their biggest concern is people stealing from drones as they land - not an unfounded concern as 5% said they would consider stealing a package from a drone themselves, and a further 5% said they would consider breaking a drone if they saw one making a delivery.