This summer, Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) noted it had entered into an agreement with an unnamed retailer to explore the possibility of introducing drone delivery service. And now, the company has confirmed that this partner is Staples.
DDC is working with the retailer to explore the feasibility of developing, implementing and commercializing a drone delivery logistics platform for Staples' commercial requirements nationwide in Canada.
"This agreement with Staples is potentially transformational for us as a company," says Tony Di Benedetto, CEO of Drone Delivery Canada. "We are the first and only drone delivery company in Canada. Now, with our recently awarded SFOC (Special Flight Operating Certificate) from Transport Canada to test fly, those customers who we were previously in contract discussions are now accelerating their dialogue with us to develop and implement their own drone delivery solution. We are experiencing great traction and are expecting more contract wins in Q4 and Q1 of 2017."
"The work Staples is doing with Drone Delivery Canada will let us rapidly provide innovative solutions to meet our customers' needs," adds Mike Bhaskaran, Executive Vice President of Supply Chain, Staples, Inc. "We're always testing new ways we can improve our supply chain capabilities and are encouraged by the potential of drone technology."
With this agreement in place, DDC will work under Transport Canada's framework to advance its testing at a specific test site within the Southern Ontario geography following which, DDC anticipates it will travel to Foremost, Alberta and Alma, Quebec to test beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS).
Based in Vaughan, ON, DDC is a drone technology company focused on the design, development and implementation of a commercial drone logistics platform for government and corporate organizations. DDC is a publicly listed company trading on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the symbol FLT.