There’s little debate that global E-commerce giant Amazon has shifted the perception of what is possible in logistics. Just look at the numbers: they are the world’s second-biggest company, shipping to 310 million active customers every year and hit an estimated valuation of $1 trillion this month – only the second ever company to reach this feat after Apple. And yet with that success and market-share, Amazon continues to stay ahead of the curve.
Case in point: Amazon’s patents. The US company has been lodging more and more patents every year, with almost 100 in 2017. These are patents with the simple aim of getting packages more quickly to customers. Their proposed methods, however – across air, land, sea and earth – are anything but simple. Here are some of the most impressive, futuristic and downright strange plans Amazon has for the oncoming decades of logistics: