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Supply Chain Drones: Novelty Or News?
Drones may seem like toys, but AI is radically improving the value of drone based data collection for supply chain operations.

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The US House of Representatives has passed a bill that would ban sales of commercial drones made by DJI, a Chinese company that controls over 70% of global production volume. The ban, if signed into law, would prohibit new sales in the US but would not prevent the use of existing units already in the hands of American operators. While drone delivery may not be a breakthrough, the use of drones for data collection and analysis is rapidly expanding. Companies like ExxonMobil, Land O’Lakes, and Maersk are driving innovation with these applications in a market that is projected to grow 26% per year through to 2033. The underlying technology trends supporting this growth are less about aeronautics or material science and more a product of AI. Practical applications for drones are closer than you think, and supply chain leaders should keep their minds and eyes open to the potential of drones for operational data.

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