Will floating warehouses and drone delivery enable Amazon to deliver in minutes?

An article in CNN.com titled “Amazon patent hints at floating warehouses in the sky”  (December 29, 2016) describes a plan to carry anticipated inventory in a blimp located close to customers, with drone delivery in minutes to a customer.  Example applications described include sports venues and others.  But such deliveries would compete with concessions within sports arenas and thus may not be welcome.  Would an increased variety of inventory from Amazon create an opportunity to earn a margin from sales for sports stadium operators ? What other locations might be suitable for such floating warehouses – would new product introductions with quick delivery on location create a marketing buzz for manufacturers ? How might such a system be economically justified ?

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