According to eBay’s CEO John Donahoe, delivery by drone is a mere “fantasy”. With these words, he wiped the floor with Amazon’s dream in a Bloomberg Television interview.
“Change consumers’ experiences today”
When he was asked if eBay had any plans with drones, he said: “We’re not really focusing on long-term fantasies. We’re working on things that will change consumers’ experiences today”, referring to eBay Now. Tht service, already active in several areas in the United States, promises deliveries within the hour.
The response comes a few days after Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s CEO, announced his company was testing delivering small packages with drones. Companies like Amazon and eBay are constantly looking for ways to get packages delivered faster and some believe drones are a possible solution.
The idea of using drones to deliver packages still has quite a few hurdles to get over: even the United States currently has no rules about drone usage. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) still has to create a legislative body, something the American Congress ordered by 2015.
(Translated by Gary Peeters)