Ethiopia e-commerce company Addis Mercato partners with TechEagle to begin drone delivery

Addis Mercato

TechEagle Innovations, a startup based in Gurugram, India will start the delivery of healthcare and other important items through the use of drones. This partnership was achieved through a partnership with e-commerce and logistics company Addis Mercato.

This will be the first drone delivery service to operate in Ethiopia. TechEagles is in the process of getting clearance on regulatory approvals and plans to start these operations at the start of 2021. Originally the deal would have involved Zomato and TechEagles Innovations after the former began acquisition talks in December 2018. However, the talks did not result in any agreement and were scuttled.

In a statement shared on Inc42, the drone can vertically take off and land with precise navigation. The drone can also detect, avoid, visually identify, and maintain a smart flight path.

The company also trusts its on-site delivery network that can deliver goods at half the cost yet four times faster. These services also have a zero carbon footprint.

Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority has completed a draft on what is the country’s first drone policy. The policy will ensure the security and safety of flight operations.

Once all regulatory clearance procedures are completed, Addis Mercato hopes to make its inaugural test flight within 3 months. Addis Mercato CEO, Abiy Selassie hopes to partner with the Ministry of Health to create a drone delivery network for their healthcare system which will facilitate quick and efficient delivery of essential blood and medicines to hospitals and clinics in urban and remote areas.

Mr. Vikram Singh Meena who is TechEagle’s founder champions the new development as a start in building air logistics from home deliveries. This should help boost last-mile deliveries in smart cities.

The drone logistic network should begin at Ayat Zone 5 with 14 km routes to Legetafo between the Ayat warehouse and the customer residence. This works with advanced Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) drone technology built by TechEagle locally.

Once the technology is secured in Ethiopia the company plans to scale across Africa.

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