Alphabet, UPS have edge in delivery’s next frontier: drones


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Next year, maybe your holiday gifts will be delivered by drone.

The world’s biggest players in logistics and packages are racing to make commercial drone delivery a reality, with Loop Capital Markets saying “UPS and Alphabet have the early lead” on Amazon, FedEx and others.

“The emerging US drone operators are upgrading from constrictive drone-specific regulatory frameworks and essentially shoehorning their unmanned vehicles into more flexible and expansive FAA rule sets,” Loop Capital Markets wrote in a note to investors last month.

A UPS autonomous drone carries…


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