Zipline: The World's Largest Drone Delivery Network

"If you think about DoorDash and Instacart, they are using a 3,000-pound gas combustion vehicle driven by a human to deliver something that weighs only two to five pounds. That’s completely insane." Kelly Rinaudo, founder and CEO of Zipline

Zipline: The World's Largest Drone Delivery Network

Zipline established the world's largest logistics network in Rwanda and Ghana by delivering medical supplies to hospitals via automated drones. The company is now looking to expand in the U.S. and partnered with Walmart to expand into home delivery. Zipline must navigate the U.S. regulatory space while prioritizing its growth opportunities domestically and abroad.

Since its founding in 2014, Zipline had flown tens of thousands of missions in Rwanda and Ghana, delivering vaccines, blood, and medical products to hard-to-reach clinics. In the process Rinaudo and his team had developed an autonomous drone- powered logistics system  to transport lifesaving supplies faster while reducing waste. This was, however, the first time the California-based company had helped save a life on American soil.

Will Zipline become the dominant drone delivery company in the US or are competitors better suited?