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Zipline

Last-mile Delivery Automation
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Product stage:
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Zipline (formerly known as Romotive) offers drone-based delivery services for applications such as medical supply, grocery, and food deliveries. It operates two drone delivery systems called “P1” and “P2 Zip.” P1 can carry payloads of up to 5 lbs covering a 60-mile radius and dispatches cargo using a parachute. The P2 version is capable of carrying a maximum payload of 8 lbs covering a 10-mile radius. Upon arrival at the destination, the P2 drone dispatches a droid on a tether to deliver the packages for retrieval (the commercial launch of P2 is expected in early 2024). Its drones use multiple airspace sensing technologies, fleet deconfliction technologies, localization, weather prediction, and onboard maps for navigation.

The company’s primary operations are in Africa in countries including Rwanda, Ghana, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, and Kenya. It also has operations in the US (including North Carolina, Arkansas, and Utah), the UK, and Japan. When considering its US operations, it received the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)’s approval to conduct commercial flights (Part 135 certification) in June 2022, and the approval to conduct beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flights in September 2023. The company claimed to have completed more than 945,000 commercial deliveries as of March 2024.

Key customers and partnerships

Zipline’s operations in Africa are mostly conducted in partnership with various government bodies, such as the Government of Rwanda, Government of Ghana, Nigerian state governments, the Ivory Coast’s Ministry of Health, and Kenya’s Kisumu county government. Other companies that have partnered with Zipline to offer drone-based delivery services in Africa include shipping company UPS and pan-African ecommerce company Jumia. Its US operations are conducted in partnership with companies such as OhioHealth, Pfizer, Magellan Rx Management, Cleveland Clinic, Intermountain Healthcare, Associated Couriers, Michigan Medicine, and WellSpan Health (for medical deliveries); Sweetgreen, Mendocino Farms, and Pagliacci Pizza (for restaurant deliveries); Walmart, GNC, and Chip Cookies (for convenience and grocery deliveries). The company also has partnerships with Toyota Tsusho Corporation for deliveries in Japan and with Apian Areo and the National Health Service (NHS) for deliveries in the UK (medical supplies).

Zipline also has a product partnership with Mubea Aviation to integrate Mubea's carbon fiber and advanced composites in Zipline's drones (March 2024).

Financials and funding

In April 2023, Zipline raised USD 330 million in a Series F funding round at a valuation of USD 4.2 billion. The company earmarked the funding for continued growth in operations including launching its new drone-based delivery service.


Last-mile Delivery Automation

Last-mile Delivery Automation

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Total funding (USD)
4.9 Bn
Total addressable market (USD)
13.3 Bn
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Commercial Drone Tech: Lifting off toward new heights

Recent Updates

Partnerships
Mar 1, 2024
Zipline partners with Mubea Aviation to develop advanced composite drones for delivery services
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Partnerships
Feb 21, 2024
Zipline partners with WellSpan Health for drone-based deliveries in Pennsylvania
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Partnerships
Jan 9, 2024
Walmart partners with Wing and Zipline for expanded drone delivery in Texas
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Geographic expansion
Partnerships
Dec 18, 2023
Zipline to offer drone-based medical deliveries in UK in partnership with NHS and Apian Aero
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Product updates
Nov 18, 2023
Zipline conducts US-first BVLOS drone delivery flight without ground observers
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Partnerships
Oct 31, 2023
Zipline partners with Cleveland Clinic to offer drone-based medication deliveries to patients in Norteast Ohio
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Company Brief


HQ location:
333 Corey Way San Francisco CA USA
Founded year:
2011
Employees:
501-1,000
Total Funding:
USD 821.0 million
Last Funding
USD 330.0 million, Apr 2023

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