Amazon Prime Air to begin drone delivery testing
Amazon Prime Air have been granted an exemption by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which will allow them to begin drone delivery with a specific test range. The exemption, along with the FAA’s safety evaluation of the MK27 UAS drone, will enable them to operate without adversely affecting safety.
It is estimated that around 10 houses will be involved in the test, but Amazon have not stated where those houses will be located. The company has said, however, it will be highly rural due to minimize risk. Amazon have said they would carry 5-pound payloads and that the drones will be important in realizing 30-minute deliveries.
The company envisions that the MK27 drone will be capable of delivering up to approximately 85% of the products they sell to a variety of customer locations and designated drop-off points, which suggests drone delivery could play a key role in the future. However, should the company wish to expand its operation, they will need to go through the process of amending the approval, or get a new one.
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China prepares future economy without US
With tensions growing with the U.S and the Coronavirus pandemic, the Chinese government are making preparations for a big shift away from international trade. The Chinese Government have decided to focus on the domestic market with the pronouncement of a dual circulation policy, which refers to two circles of economic activity – internal and external – with greater emphasis put on businesses in China.
As the Chinese market continues to grow and challenges of cross-border trade has increased, more foreign companies are adopting an “in China, for China” strategy. Despite geopolitical tensions, Beijing has welcomed the investment and made significant efforts to keep the businesses in the country.
Yet, the pressure is mounting for China to transition towards relying more on its own market. One of the reasons for pursuing a dual circulation in China is that, since global prominence is growing, whatever China does will have a significant impact on other countries. Other countries will therefore need to decide how dependent they want to be on the Asian giant in the future.
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Timberland pledges net-zero environmental impact by 2030.
Timberland plans to minimize its impact on the environment through fresh commitments by 2030. The company wants to overhaul the way it sources and designs their boots and other products in order to reduce its reliance on virgin materials and extractive farming practices. They are committing to sourcing all their leather, cotton, rubber, wool and sugar cane from regenerative farms by 2030.
The new push for circular design means they will reuse materials otherwise destined for landfill, such as plastic bottles, scrap leather and wool, and to make sure their products are recyclable. This will hopefully complement these efforts with plans to build a regenerative leather supply chain in the U.S, Australia and Brazil.
The ultimate vision for 2030 is to get carbon back in the soil and give back more to nature than what is taken.
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