In-Store Drones Market Size & Share, by Type (Fixed Wing Drones, Rotary Wing Drones); Application (Stock&Inventory Management, Store Security, Real Estate Planning, Photography Marketing, Study Consumer Behavior) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2023-2033

  • Report ID: 4315
  • Published Date: Feb 14, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Global Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2023-2033

The global in-store drones market is estimated to garner a significant revenue by the end of 2033 by growing at a CAGR of ~20% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023 – 2033. Further, the market generated a moderate revenue in the year 2022. The growth of the market can primarily be attributed to the growing retail sales worldwide.It was found that the total global retail sales accounted for more than USD 23 trillion in 2020.

A flying drone is an aircraft without a human pilot aboard, or in other words, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Drones are robots typically remotely controlled by a pilot, though fully autonomous drones are in the late stages of development. The drone itself is an aerial robot, with a small camera that acts as a set of "roving eyes". The drone is low-cost, very agile, and can be deployed easily. It can literally move within a few seconds to any aisle or portion of the store. In-store drones that buzz around scanning shelves to give retailers real-time inventory data and extract useful data, are one of the companies at the forefront of the retail revolution. The drone moves through the air and peers at the shelves. It is able to see the items on the shelf from many angles and perspectives. With the recent advancements in robotics along with its rising sales, the demand for in-store drones is on the rise amongst the retail establishments as well, which, in turn, is expected to create massive revenue generation opportunities for the key players operating in the global in-store drones market during the forecast period. For instance, the global sales of new robots in 2019 were estimated to be more than 370,000 units.

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In-Store Drones Sector: Growth Drivers and Challenges

Growth Drivers

  • Rising Sale of Drones – Drone sales are on the rise and their increasing demand by retail stores, malls, warehouses, and other establishments is to blame for the surge in demand for store drones. For instance, total consumer drone sales in 2021 are expected to be around 29 million.
  • Increasing Drone Delivery –According to estimates, as in 2022, worldwide, over 2000 drone deliveries are made each day.
  • Upsurge in Artificial Intelligence (AI)– According to statistics, by 2025 almost 95% of all customer interactions with retailers is expected to be powered by AI.
  • Increasing Spending on Cloud Services Infrastructure – According to estimates, more than USD 41 billion globally was estimated in 2021.


  • Limited Capabilities in Talking and Thinking like Humans
  • Legal Restrictions
  • Concern of Safety in Mishaps

In-Store Drones Market: Key Insights

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In-Store Drones Segmentation

Type (Fixed Wing Drones, Rotary Wing Drones)

The global in-store drones’ market is segmented and analyzed for demand and supply by type segment into fixed wing drones, rotary wing drones.

Amongst these segments, the rotary wing drone segment is anticipated to garner the largest revenue by the end of 2033, backed by the growing number of retail establishments visited along with the surge in shoplifting as well as security threats worldwide. For instance, it was found that, in 2021, shoplifting accounted for between 2% and 3% of total sales in shops in the United States.

Major Macro-Economic Indicators Impacting the Market Growth

The never-ending growth in internet accessibility around the world along with numerous technological advancements comprising 5G, blockchain, cloud services, Internet of Things (IoT), and Artificial Intelligence (AI) among others have significantly boosted the economic growth in the last two decades. As of April 2021, there were more than 4.5 billion users that were actively using the internet globally. Moreover, the growth in ICT sector has significantly contributed towards GDP growth, labor productivity, and R&D spending among other transformations of economies in different nations of the globe. Furthermore, the production of goods and services in the ICT sector is also contributing to the economic growth and development. As per the statistics in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s database, the ICT good exports (% of total good exports) globally grew from 10.816 in 2015 to 11.536 in 2019. In 2019, these exports in Hong Kong SAR, China amounted to 56.65%, 25.23% in East Asia & Pacific, 26.50% in China, 25.77% in Korea, Rep., 8.74% in the United States, and 35.01% in Vietnam. These are some of the important factors that are boosting the growth of the market.

Our in-depth analysis of the global market includes the following segments:

            By Type

  • Fixed Wing Drones
  • Rotary Wing Drones

             By Application

  • Stock and Inventory Management
  • Store Security
  • Real Estate Planning
  • Photography Marketing
  • Study Consumer Behavio

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In-Store Drones Industry - Regional Synopsis

Regionally, the global in-store drones market is studied into five major regions including North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Middle East & Africa region. Amongst these, the market in North America is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2033, backed by the rising economic impact of the retail industry in the region along with an increasing number of retail establishments. For instance, The National Retail Federation with PwC revealed the Economic Impact of the US Retail Industry report, according to which there were ~4.2 million retail establishments (inclusive of food services and drinking places) in the United States in 2018.

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Companies Dominating the In-Store Drones Landscape

    • Amazon Inc.
      • Company Overview
      • Business Strategy
      • Key Product Offerings
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Performance Indicators
      • Risk Analysis
      • Recent Development
      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • Pensa Systems Inc.
    • Walmart Inc.
    • 3D Robotics Inc.
    • FedEx Corporation
    • Microsoft Corporation
    • Apple Inc.
    • Swift Navigation, Inc.
    • International Business Machines Corporation
    • General Electric Company
    • SZ DJI Technology Co. Ltd.

In the News

  • Amazon Inc., - announced that it will be delivering orders to customers in Lockeford, California, United States, using its Prime Air drone service.

  •  Walmart Inc.,- entered into a partnership with DroneUp to facilitate drone delivery to reach 4 million U.S. households across six states – Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Texas, Utah and Virginia.

Author Credits:  Abhishek Verma, Hetal Singh

  • Report ID: 4315
  • Published Date: Feb 14, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Increasing use of emerging technologies such as robotics, AI, cloud and rising sale of drones along with surge in drone deliveries are some of the major factors anticipated to drive the growth of the market.

The market is anticipated to attain a CAGR of ~20% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023-2033.

The limited capabilities of drones in talking and thinking like humans as well as restricted areas and legal limitationsare some of the factors estimated to hamper the market growth.

The market in North America is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2033 and provide more business opportunities in the future.

The major players in the market are Amazon Inc., Walmart Inc., 3D Robotics Inc, FedEx Corporation, Pensa Systems Inc., Microsoft Corporation, Apple Inc., Swift Navigation, Inc., and others.

The company profiles are selected based on the revenues generated from the product segment, geographical presence of the company which determine the revenue generating capacity as well as the new products being launched into the market by the company.

The market is segmented by type, application, and by region.

The rotary drones segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2033 and display significant growth opportunities.
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