DHL Express, a leading worldwide delivery service, has formed a joint agreement with Aerodyne Group in Malaysia to “assess the commercial viability of drone technology and develop business models for its use in life sciences and maritime supply chains,” says a joint press release.
Aerodyne Group is a leading international drone service provider, operating in more than 35 countries. Aerodyne employs more than 400 drone professionals, and is known for large-scale data capture and analytics, including industrial inspections. The partnership has “identified market opportunities for improving the transport of healthcare related supplies in East Malaysia and time-critical essentials to vessels plying the Malaccan Straits,” says the press release.
“The fourth industrial revolution, accented by digital transformation across many industries coupled with the pace of change in the logistics industry, requires constant innovative approaches to meet evolving demand and ensure future-ready supply chains. This is where drones and robotics can play a role. Drone technology has a vital role to play in the future of logistics, especially for businesses in Malaysia,” said Julian Neo, Managing Director of DHL Express Malaysia and Brunei. “In line with our commitment to digital transformation, we take an active interest in new technologies and their practical applications so that we can support the varied needs of the communities we serve. Our partnership with Aerodyne represents a big step forward in making drone deliveries a reality within our portfolio of offerings.”
“In tandem with the global rise of drone delivery, our partnership with DHL Express is timely to make this service compliant, as well as technically and commercially viable in Malaysia and beyond. Our proven record in large-scale operations using AI-powered solutions and innovative data analytics enables us to rapidly scale and digitally transform enterprises in all sectors. This collaboration will also heighten our advocacy efforts worldwide for supportive regulations on drone services and spur more breakthroughs in our advanced drone and data tech,” said Aerodyne Group Founder and Group CEO, Kamarul A Muhamed.
“The impact of the global pandemic has compounded persisting last-mile delivery challenges and made it more urgent than ever to respond to changes in the logistics landscape. The deployment of unmanned aerial vehicles may realise automatic, contactless shipping services in remote areas and from shore to vessel to shore,” says the press release.
Some areas in the country lack road infrastructure, a challenge that drones are able to overcome to deliver vaccines and medicines to remote areas. In addition, drone delivery services potentially offer environmental advantages over traditional road transportation.
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