Volansi’s autonomous drone delivery service recognized for innovation in Logistics and Transportation
San Francisco, CA, December 3, 2020 — Volansi, Inc., the leader in vertical take-off and landing (VTOL), middle-mile drone delivery services, has been named to Inc.’s inaugural Best in Business list in the Logistics and Transportation category. Inc. created the Best in Business Awards to honor companies that have gone above and beyond to make a positive difference.
The list, which can be found in the Winter issue of Inc. (on newsstands December 29, 2020), recognizes small- and medium-size privately held American businesses that have had a superlative impact on their communities, their industries, and society as a whole.
Volansi is developing an innovative drone delivery service that positively impacts communities worldwide by eliminating middle-mile supply chain and mobility issues to provide access to vital goods, especially in hard to reach areas. This mission was recently put into action when Volansi and Merck, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, launched a commercial healthcare drone delivery program in North Carolina. The largely rural, eastern region of North Carolina is home to 1.4 million people, with many residents living many miles from the nearest pharmacy or clinic. For those suffering from diseases or chronic conditions, having a supply chain that works for them isn’t just about convenience – it’s a matter of life or death.
As part of the on-going project, in September, Volansi completed the first successful drone delivery of temperature-controlled vaccines within the U.S. and is now conducting routine, autonomous delivery flights daily.
“Volansi is on a mission to positively impact society by rewriting the rules of supply chain logistics- or how things move from one place to another- using high-speed, long-range autonomous drones,” said Hannan Parvizian, CEO and Co-Founder of Volansi. “We are honored to be recognized by Inc. as a leader and innovator in logistics and transportation. As technology advances our industry by leaps and bounds, we believe that drone delivery will be the key solution for the future of getting critical supplies whenever and wherever they are needed.”
Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc., says, “It’s been an incredibly challenging year for companies. Across industries, businesses have had to make brutally tough decisions and face unprecedented uncertainty. That’s why we knew 2020 called for a new recognition program, something to complement our annual Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the country. For Best in Business, companies have prioritized tackling today’s problems to lead us to a better future, even if they’ve struggled to stay in the black.”
Instead of relying on quantitative criteria linked to sales or funding, Inc.’s editors reviewed the companies’ achievements over the past year and noted how they made a positive difference in the world. They then selected honorees in more than 30 different industries–health, software, retail, business services, logistics & transportation, and more. Volansi was chosen for its role in advancing the possibilities for life-saving medicine and vaccination distribution across the U.S., and to the farthest reaches of the earth.
Honorees for gold, silver, bronze, and general excellence across industries and categories are featured online at inc.com/best-in-business.