French postal service will conduct trials of drone mail delivery

The French postal service will conduct trials of a drone mail delivery program after it was granted approval from the French aviation regulatory authority. The postal service hopes that these trials will lead to a full-scale service that delivers mail to remote areas. The French post operates with more regulatory flexibility around using drones than services operating in the US, for example. It is expected that the introduction of drones will help to cut down on costs and enhance the efficiency of mail delivery. This would have a positive impact on e-commerce, since postal service delays are seen as one of the barriers to the increase of online trade.