A recent patent publication from Amazon discloses details that could possibly change the delivery chain as we know it! The publication from the U..S Patent Application Publication shows that Amazon plans to build fulfillment center in cities that are designed to accommodate landing and takeoff of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), possibly in an urban setting, such as in a densely populated area.
“Unlike traditional fulfillment centers, the ML fulfillment centers may include many levels (i.e., stories, floors, etc.) as permitted under zoning regulations for respective areas. The fulfillment center may have one or more landing locations and one or more deployment locations to accommodate UAVs, which may delivery at least some of the items from the fulfillment center to locations associated with customers.”
Details of the Patent Publication
Title: Multi-Level Fulfillment Center for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Application number: 14/975,618
Publication number: US20170175413 A1
Publication date: June 22, 2017
Filing date: December 18, 2015
Priority date: December 18, 2015
Original Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
The Inventors are listed as James Christopher Curlander, Asaf Gilboa-Amir, Lauren Marie Kisser, Robert Arthur Koch, and Ricky Dean Welsh.