Bike Messengers Vs. ‘Delivery Drones’

It was only a matter of time. Amazon’s futuristic drone delivery service that was revealed in a 60 Minutes interview with CEO Jeff Bezos last week is still years away (if it ever comes to fruition). But it is already drawing flack from a bike messenger company in the form of an image circulating on social media.

Bike messenger service Zipments posted this on Facebook

The Amazon “octocopter” delivery service is wrought with potential setbacks and far from reality, but Zipments already launched a salvo in the “drone war” against technology that could conceivably become serious competition for bike messengers.

“I know this looks like science fiction. It’s not,” Bezos said in the interview.

Zipments, located in New York and Grand Rapids, Mich., is an online service that links businesses and those needing personal delivery with local couriers. Looks like they won’t take the invasion of the drones lying down!

“Public Service Announcement from Zipments! Man vs. Drone — who can you count on to deliver? We think the answer is quite obvious,” the company captioned the image on Facebook. —Sean McCoy

Sean McCoy

Editorial Director Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.