Australia has some rural areas, that’s a fact. It’s the same fact that has the Australia Post considering drone use for mail delivery in certain rural areas. Delivering mail from the farm gate of a property to the door of the farmhouse is even being considered.
Potentially making good on his promise to invest in ideas that will improve the lives of Australia Post’s customers, the CEO[of Australia Post] said this practice would improve service and make it more convenient for rural customers.
“I know there are some retailers right now that we’re working with, and I’m hoping later this year we’re going to do some trials,” Fahour said.
“The reality is that anybody who doesn’t believe that technology is going to fundamentally change the way we do business in this country is mad.”
Drone based post and package delivery is really not a new concept. It’s just not a concept we see here in the United States. That being said, here is the timeline of drone delivery test flights:
- Deutsche Post DHL – Late 2014
- Swiss Post/Swiss WorldCard/Matternet – Mid 2015
- Finland’s Posti – Late 2015
- Singapore Post (SIngPost) – Late 2015
In the US, the FAA has provided Amazon with clearance to experiment with drone deliveries and both Walmart and Google have jumped on the bandwagon. Their FAA clearance is still pending.
About Australia Post
Over our 200 years of operation we have established a diverse – and one of the largest – property portfolios in Australia. Our sites range from Post Offices, to mail processing sites and warehouses, to offices and call centres.
Of our total portfolio of owned properties, 73 are classified as heritage properties and are included in the Commonwealth Heritage List. These buildings date from the Colonial era, through post-Federation to post-WWII structures.