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Swiss Postal Services

The World's Most Innovative Companies 2016There is a reason the snail has come to be associated with mail service: it's frustratingly slow and often bogged down by even the slightest change in weather or road conditions. But that's certainly not the case with the Swiss Post, which for years has experimented with ways to use modern technology to improve its service. In July 2015, in partnership with California-based delivery drone company Matternet, the Swiss Post launched a pilot program using drones for package delivery. The 160-year-old government agency believes that drones may prove integral in delivering goods to far-flung regions and areas affected by inclement weather, or be of great use to laboratories that need to deliver samples quickly and safely. While head of logistics Dieter Bambauer says it may be at least five years before Matternet's autonomous ONE drones--which can carry 1 kilogram packages for more than 6 miles on a single charge--are fully implemented, he sees them as a welcome addition to standard postal service--one that will transform the way packages are delivered throughout Switzerland. Between January and March 2016, the Swiss Post will begin delivering real payloads using their new drone technology.
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