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Is 2024 the Year of the Drone? The Rise of Drone Deliveries

Is 2024 the Year of the Drone? The Rise of Drone Deliveries

Drone Deliveries

In today's logistics landscape, technology is driving transformation, and drones are at the forefront. Predictions for 2024 indicate significant growth in drone automation, with the global logistics automation market expected to reach $81.5 billion by 2027. The global drone logistics market is set to grow at a CAGR of 19.5% from 2022 to 2030.

Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Advances

Healthcare is reaping the benefits of drone technology. In June 2023, EMED Group and Skyports successfully trialed drone delivery for pathology samples with the NHS, highlighting the efficiency of drone logistics. Shelley Garry from East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Trust noted the quick and resource-saving results. Following this, Apian announced a new program for autonomous medical supply deliveries, set to launch with Northumbria Healthcare by autumn 2024.

Food and Grocery Deliveries

Drone technology is also impacting the food and grocery industry. Amazon's Prime Air drone service completed over 500,000 deliveries by the end of 2023. In October 2023, Amazon planned "ultra-fast" drone deliveries in the UK, Italy, and a third U.S. location. ASOS began drone-based food delivery in February 2024, aiming for faster and more efficient service.

Infrastructure Development

Supporting infrastructure is crucial for the expansion of drone deliveries. In November 2023, the UK government announced a £45 billion investment to build necessary infrastructure, with cities like Milton Keynes and Slough leading the way. Accenture and the Logistics Institute are also supporting drone technology companies, fostering innovation and growth.


With significant investments and technological advancements, 2024 is set to be a pivotal year for drone deliveries. From healthcare to food logistics, drones promise faster, more efficient delivery solutions, transforming industries and paving the way for a new era in logistics.

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