Drones to deliver Daily Sentinel
The Daily Sentinel announced today that they would begin delivering newspapers to subscribers’ homes using drone technology next month.
“Delivery costs are a significant expense for us. The transition to drone helicopters for delivery will save us over 30 percent, and we anticipate that a totally automated system will improve on our missed deliveries, which is already well below 1 in 1000,” said Jay Seaton, publisher.
Grand Junction was selected as one of six U.S. cities by the Federal Aviation Administration to serve as a test site to see if drones can be safely integrated into America’s busy commercial air space.
Finch Industries, an international leader in aerial technology, chose the Sentinel as the first newspaper-by-drone delivery program in the nation.
All eyes will be on Grand Junction as it attempts to be the first to use drone technology in the private sector.
“We could not be happier with our new vendor, Finch Industries, for putting this pilot program together. The company founder, Sidd Finch, is truly a visionary,” Seaton said.
More than 100 Golden Finch Horn drones will be used in the initial pilot program. They will be operated by contracted carriers using their iPhones and iPads in newly constructed neighborhoods that have minimal overhead utility lines.
The drones will also be equipped with instant scan technology that will be pre-programmed to take pictures of each front door delivery.
“With the pictures, we’ll be able to guarantee that your newspaper isn’t being delivered in a bush, in the sprinklers, or some of those other places that our customers complain about,” said Tracy Gettman, circulation manager, “We should be able to have a highly precise delivery method which will allow us to cut back on customer service staff.”
“I cannot wait to show the world how exciting this new technology is going to be,” Finch said, “The Sentinel subscribers are going to love it.”