Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) has entered into a commercial agreement with DSV Air & Sea Canada, the Canadian arm of DSV Panalpina, to deploy DDC’s drone delivery platform at DSV’s new head office and warehouse in Milton, Ontario.
Under the agreement, which DDC reached with the assistance of its sales agent Air Canada, DDC will enable the first of multiple routes and deploy its DroneSpot takeoff and landing zones, as well as additional drone flight infrastructure on DSV sites. It will also deploy its Sparrow cargo drone, with a capacity of up to 4.5 kg.
The first flight route will be within DSV’s Milton site with all operations conducted in accordance with the Canadian Aviation Regulations and Transport Canada flight authorisations. Flights will be remotely monitored by DDC from its new commercial operations centre located in Vaughan, Ontario.
DDC says it will begin developing the client site infrastructure this quarter with the aim of providing drone delivery services in Q1 of 2020, with the potential of 20, or more additional routes being added in 2020.
“We are pleased to announce DSV Canada as another paid commercial drone logistics customer,” says Michael Zahra, president & CEO of DDC. “DSV is a global leader in the logistics space and a perfect fit as a scalable customer for us. They will start using our proven Sparrow drone, patented FLYTE system, and newly launched commercial operations centre in early 2020.
“I am pleased to report we have a very strong funnel of global commercial opportunities and we expect to see continued sales announcements in 2019 for deployment in early 2020,” Zahra adds.
DSV will pay DDC a monthly fee for each drone route deployed. The initial term of the agreement is fifteen months with additional successive one-year terms to follow.
“DSV Canada is dedicated to delivering innovative and integrated supply chain solutions,” says Martin Roos, managing director of DSV Air & Sea Canada.
“With a global view in mind, our focus is on continuously optimising our local partners’ supply chains. That means, a long-term vision that opens up new markets and service offerings.
“Our strong partnership with Air Canada Cargo and now DDC will offer our current and potential partners best-in-class solutions and service excellence that is scalable and future-proof. We have looked to overcome some of today’s challenges by investing in tomorrow’s opportunities, and we are ready for the next steps,” Roos adds.