Chinese shopping platform Meituan has made major strides in drone deliveries. The company announced that it has completed more than 100,000 drone deliveries by 2022, an increase of more than 400% year-on-year. The drone delivery service that started in 2017 is officially launched Normal trial operation in early 2021. As of the end of 2022, Meituan drones have landed in Shenzhen and Shanghai, serving nearly 20,000 households, covering 18 communities and office buildings.
Meituan’s drone delivery service is efficient, with an average delivery time of 12 minutes. This is nearly 150% more efficient than traditional delivery methods, saving users nearly 30,000 hours of waiting time. The company’s drones can currently deliver more than 20,000 products FMCG supermarkets including catering, beauty and cosmetics, as well as new products such as Apple iPhone and vivo can also be delivered by drones.
The main users of Meituan’s drone delivery service are white-collar workers aged 20-35, accounting for nearly 80% of the total users. That’s nearly 10 percentage points higher than traditional delivery models. The company also noted that its users prefer drone deliveries when making purchases Every day from 14:00 to 17:00, the afternoon tea order is nearly 16% higher than the traditional mode.
Meituan’s drone delivery service has proven successful and has contributed to the company’s financial success. In 2022Q3, the company’s revenue was 62.62 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 28.2%, and its net profit was 1.22 billion yuan, turning losses into profits.
In conclusion, Meituan’s drone delivery service is a game-changer for the company and its users. The service efficiency is high, and more than 20,000 commodities are delivered within 12 minutes. The main users of the service are white-collar workers aged 20-35, and the service contributed Meituan’s financial success. As the technology continues to improve and more areas are covered, we can expect even greater growth in the number of drone deliveries in the future.