The Future. AI is reshaping the logistics industry, making innovations like drones, robots, and urban scanning realities. Once completely rolled out, same-day delivery may be the perk that turns brands into bestsellers.
If you think Prime shipping is efficient now, AI could put it into hyperdrive.
- Drones. “Last mile delivery” (delivery from the local warehouse to your front door) is typically the most difficult part of shipping, so Amazon and Walmart are testing drones to make it quicker and more efficient, with AI choosing the best place to drop a package.
- Robots. AI is also tackling “last 50 feet delivery” (the distance between a truck and your front door), with new autonomous robots being able to climb curbs and stairs to drop off parcels.
- Parking. AI is scouting locations for trucks, with sensors made in partnership with the Energy Department letting drivers know where empty spots are, or estimating when a spot will open, so they can make a quick delivery — saving 28% of a driver’s time.
There are more ways AI is being used — like determining the most efficient locations to unload packages and beefing up safety measures — which could make both drivers’ and pedestrians’ lives much easier.