Delivery-by-Drone Initiative Kicks off in China

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 04, 2015 No Comments
Categories : Business Operations

Taobao Marketplace, the shopping website of China-based Alibaba Group, has teamed up with logistics company Shanghai YTO Express (Logistics) Co. Ltd. to begin testing delivery drones.

According to a video description from Alizila, the news website for Alibaba Group, the companies will deploy unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to deliver packets of ginger tea to consumers in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai, China.

The trials will last three days, beginning Feb. 4. A total of 450 tea-drinkers will receive a delivery for 49 RMB (around $8), according to a blog post from Alizila, which adds that the UAVs will land “outside residential buildings, where packages will be collected by human-type couriers for last-mile duty.”

Alibaba Group says it is the largest online and mobile commerce company in the world in terms of gross merchandise volume, and Taobao Marketplace is China’s largest online shopping marketplace.

Alizila’s promotional video can be found here.

Read here about Amazon's efforts to move forward with its drone-delivery initiative in the U.S.

Photo courtesy of Alizila

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