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Years ago the retail captain, Wal-Mart was a logistical based company and it is still that way today. Wal-Mart offers the lowest cost for products around and will match prices of competitors to keep customers. Wal-Mart can do this because it has top of the line knowledge on how to get products to consumers at the cheapest price. By offering the lowest price, there are many factors Wal-Mart must take into account.
A very important factor is the inventories and the disbursement of goods. Wal-Mart must have items in stock to compete with competitors and this requires having inventories delivered mainly from semi trucks.
Today’s technology is taking a new leap forward. Along with pressure from Amazon, Wal-Mart is highly invested in new drone technologies to import inventories and deliver items to homes. Wal-Mart is also looking to tap new drone usage into delivering and stocking grocery items. A Wal-Mart spokesperson said "Drones have a lot of potential to further connect our vast network of stores, distribution centers, fulfillment centers and transportation fleet,"
Since Wal-Mart’s are located in many states and close together, drones have potential to stock inventories more cheaply because gas is expensive and stocking inventories with trucks can be a slow process. Drones could ship goods in much less time and do the task cheaper. "There is a Wal-Mart within five miles of 70 percent of the U.S. population, which creates some unique and interesting possibilities for serving customers with drones."
The FAA has not yet made it legal for commercial companies to use drones but there are testing exemptions Wal-Mart and other companies can obtain. Wal-Mart is testing these drones to see if they can effectively help make Wal-Mart more profitable.
If regulations are changed and commercial companies begin using drones for transportation of goods this will change many companies. Instead of packing semi trucks, companies will use commercial drones to deliver products to stores and to consumer locations. This will change our lives as we know it. There will be less saturation of semis on the road and many more drones will be delivering goods through the air. This will increase some dangers to planes, helicopters and civilians but it will also make the roads a safer place for drivers.
With these new technologies around the corner, going to Wal-Mart or other stores won't be necessary. Items will be delivered more quickly and errands we used to have to "run" will come to us. The implementation of drones will evolve and soon enough there might be drones for civilians to fly from point a to point b. I see drones as a very futuristic way of living. We can fly ourselves to a friends house without worrying about traffic of driving time.This will change our lives by reducing travel time and adding a new level of excitement to our daily lives.