This is a big deal and will help Amazon lower the cost of each shipment to $1 or less.
You may be asking yourself… why should I care that Amazon saves money on shipping?
Because 86% of abandoned carts online are the result of high shipping costs. Where do you think those consumers are likely to shop once they log out of Amazon? You can ask them when you’re stopped in rush hour traffic by Oakland Blvd. and US1.
UPS is also following suit. They are currently testing drone deliveries using the tops of its vans as helipads to shed a mile off of the routes of the company’s 66,000 delivery drivers. That’s 66,000 miles off our roadways, daily!
All in all, these drone deliveries could be faster and cheaper and help to drastically reduce the number of residential deliveries made by bulky freight trucks.
Though this strategy may not be as effective in densely populated urban areas, it will alleviate the traffic going in-and-out of bordering suburbs, which would ultimately reduce the number of delivery trucks navigating key roadways.
This may seem like science fiction from some far-off future but it is a very real possibility. In fact, in 2016, Dominos Pizza delivered the first ever drone pizza to a New Zealand couple… yes, the future is looking tasty indeed.
So, what else can we do?
First and Foremost…
The most important action we – as residents of Broward County – can take to expedite and ensure that these needed infrastructure developments are funded, planned, and executed efficiently is to vote yes on the upcoming Penny Sales Tax question on the November 6 ballot. This surtax question is a huge deal for our county and will generate roughly $16 billion for transportation and infrastructure development over the next 30 years. If you want improved traffic signalization, more efficient intersections, cleaners streets, wider bike lanes, more reliable mass public transit, and new-age light rail systems connected Broward’s 31 municipalities then you need to VOTE YES. [For more information on the Penny Sales Tax question and who will pay for it, click here.]
- City officials can encourage developing residential dwellings to build unloading zones into the infrastructure for the use of e-commerce deliveries.
- We can ask that all buildings of a given height require a freight elevator system for package delivery in order to reduce the duration a freight truck is parked on the street.
- We can increase freight share on our roadways — specific lanes and parking areas for delivery trucks to avoid choking traffic or causing dangerous bottlenecks.
- We can provide specialized downtown parking reserved specifically for small delivery vans with limited delivery stock.
There are definitely more options we haven’t thought of, so leave a comment below and let us know what you’re thinking!