By  on February 28, 2017

United Parcel Service's test of a drone system last week marked the latest drive toward more automated — and efficient — deliveries to consumers. With e-commerce sales pegged to grow about 10 percent a year over the next two years, the move toward autonomous deliveries also includes efforts by UPS rival Federal Express, Amazon Inc. and Google (under Alphabet's Project Wing program) as well as 7-11.

But further testing is needed, and federal regulations must be implemented before shoppers can expect to receive automated deliveries of the latest looks from Zara dropped off at their doorstep. But the efforts are significant as automation can save carriers billions of dollars each year on a global level.

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