The blog explains that competitive pressures push retailers and distributors to develop new ways to make their supply chains more efficient, to automate warehouses, and to reduce delivery costs. Walmart, the nation's largest retailer, recently announced plans to use drones for inventory management in its warehouses. Amazon, the nation's largest internet retailer, is researching the use of drones to deliver packages to consumers. Global e-commerce giant Alibaba is testing delivery drones in China while DHL is already using drones to deliver packages in Germany.
According to the Drones study, demand for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, in the US is projected to rise 10 percent annually to $4.4 billion in 2020, and the number of vehicles sold will more than double to 5.5 million. There are currently two major markets for unmanned aerial systems (UAS): the military market, which accounts for the vast majority of demand in dollar terms, and the consumer market, which accounts for over 99 percent of all units sold.
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