It’s Time for Drone Delivery

The other day, I was sitting with a group of college students at Starbucks, we were discussing startup businesses. They were brainstorming of what type of business to start. A guy in an ice cream truck pulled up and the driver ran into Starbucks. I joked as he ran by, “don’t you sell any coffee flavored ice cream?” Everyone laughed as did the driver as he briskly rushed the door open and ran in. “Maybe he is just using the restroom?” We all laughed again, and then saw him get pick-up his pre-made coffee he must have ordered with his smart phone Starbuck’s app.

As he was leaving he told us while we sat at the outdoor table that he did sell coffee flavored ice cream. I asked if I could buy a round of ice cream for the group. He apologized and said; “Today, I am delivering Amazon Packages, as a delivery contractor, my brother is using all his vans, so I am helping out, we are really busy – Prime Day Delivery!” Everyone was intrigued, and he broke into a stride saying; “Chow” as he left, and he turned on the music for us as he drove away. What a cool small business owner. We all laughed again, he was so busy he just needed more caffeine to finish his hectic day.

Our group then went back to brainstorming on what a smart business might be for a startup. I laughed and said: “Hey, you have to be observant, we just saw a guy in a friggin’ ice cream truck delivering online packages because they didn’t have enough vans or people to help, that means there is demand in the market not being met.” I started asking them a series of questions:

- How could you deliver more efficiently?
- How could you streamline the delivery business model?
- How could you revolutionize the package delivery business?
- How could you find other underutilized vehicles and people to deliver?

And, then I reminded them that Amazon now has a market value of $1 Trillion. I asked them about other observations they just had?

- Why can’t that ice cream man deliver Starbucks?
- Why not start a drone business to deliver Starbucks and Amazon?
- Why not figure out how to solve those delivery challenges with software, apps, drones, combination?

I reiterated; “Let’s face it, you know there is unfulfilled demand in the marketplace for new delivery companies and better options when you see an Ice Cream truck delivering online packages as an Amazon Contractor.”

I explained that you have to observe everything and think. I explained that we can’t be too busy here brainstorming that we stop observing, the clues are everywhere, right in front of our noses. If you are at a loss for ideas, look around, read the newspaper, listen to people complain, think about things that would make problems go away for people – then try to come up with solutions for these challenges – solutions that you can make a profit in providing.

You Can No Longer Ignore Data Analytics

What do you mean by Data Analytics?

Data Analytics refers to the process of collecting, organizing, interpreting and extracting the useful insights from the raw facts and figures in the huge amounts of data generated by a business on a daily basis. The main responsibility of the data analyst is to translate the burgeoning data into useful perceptions and then into valuable information, assisting the organizations to make smart decisions based on data instead of relying on instincts.

How important is Data Analytics?

In today’s world, accumulation and storage of the massive amount of data streaming into an organization’s databases has become a concern. Volumes have increased to millions and millions of gigabytes. Companies have moved far from just directories, datasheets, and documents.

But at the end of the day, it is almost impossible to analyze and interpret all this data. This data includes not only text but videos, photos, sound recordings and sensor data.

The data streaming into an organization’s data warehouses is increasing at an exponential pace and is expected to grow by up to 50 zettabytes by 2020. A zettabyte is over 931 million gigabytes! Each and every action we do online leaves a digital trace. Every single action we make when we go online such as online shopping, chatting with the friends through social media applications or using GPS equipped smartphones generates data which businesses mine for information. We basically leave digital footprints with every action we take digitally involving the use of the internet.

The amount of data generated is growing rapidly and this requires the use of advanced technology and tools specifically designed for the analysis and interpretation of this enormous amount of data. This is where data analytics come to the rescue. The thorough and in-depth analysis of this “Big Data” requires the use of data analytics software such as Python, SAS, R and Hadoop which were developed specifically for handling Big Data.

Data analysis using these tools with mathematical and statistical algorithms will further assist an organization with developing good decision-making processes and allow it to respond to customer queries rapidly, resulting in an increase in goodwill for the organization. The high accuracy in Big Data analysis also ultimately helps the organizations to increase profits and lower costs.

Developing new products based on ongoing market trends can be done only when Big Data is accurately and precisely analyzed. Customer satisfaction matters a great deal if a business wants to be successful and popular with its target audience. The market trends and customer preferences must be analyzed properly and specifically so as to develop products which are trendy and acceptable to the target audience. The data findings may even assist companies in taking advantage of new market revenue opportunities and ultimately improve customer satisfaction, thereby enhancing the operating efficiency and profitability of the company.