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HVAC distributor tests drone deliveries

Steve Rogerson
October 24, 2017

Canadian plumbing and HVAC distributor Wolseley is looking to use drones to improve its delivery capabilities with prototyping and testing focused on customised depot-to-depot and depot-to-customer systems for its supply chain.
The firm is working with Drone Delivery Canada (DDC)'s logistics platform, and if the testing and development are successful the parties intend to proceed to a definitive agreement once applicable government legislation is enacted, probably early next year.
"We believe that we are the only drone delivery company in Canada to successfully achieve beyond visual line of sight testing and are very pleased to announce this agreement with Wolseley Canada, one of the leading plumbing and HVAC/R distributors in Canada," said Tony Di Benedetto, CEO of DDC. “As drone payloads increase, we think drone deliveries will radically improve on-time delivery.”
Wolseley is a wholesale distributor of plumbing, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration, waterworks, fire protection, pipes, valves and fittings ,and industrial products. With its head office in Burlington, Ontario, the company has approximately 2500 employees and 220 locations coast-to-coast.
Wolseley's parent company Ferguson claims to be the world's largest trade distributor of plumbing and heating products and a supplier of building materials.