In addition to the information technology, lots of machines or devices has been invented to help automated the supply chain process, and as a result, the labor cost and human error could be reduced. Amazon recently acquires the Kiva System, which provides robots who can move the inventory to the right places. Google's self-driving vehicle just finished the driving test across the nations with only one accident - the self-driving vehicle is hit by a careless drivers. It's not hard to imagine how it will change the supply chain world. Another news that amazes me is that a company named Linkall, which was formed by several recently graduate Chinese students, invented an unmanned plane which will be used for package deliver.
When people talk about drone, they may think of weapon, military, and will rarely relate it to our daily life. Linkall invented a drone called SmartBee to provide delivery service. Imagine you get hungry after work in the midnight, and order some food online; after a while, your food is delivered by this unmanned plane and you don't even need to go downstair.
The following picture is the first prototype of the drone. The drone is surrounded by four propeller blades, which enable the drone to fly vertically. It has a "hand" at the bottom of the plane, which could grab the package that will be delivered.