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Will Delivery Bots Revolutionize Last Mile Deliveries?

Starship Technologies has designed delivery bots that make last mile deliveries. They are not the only company operating in this space, but they are the only company, that has moved beyond the pilot stage to actual commercial operations. To revolutionize last mile deliveries, continuing funding will be needed.

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The Final Mile: Challenge or Opportunity?

Final mile logistics is attracting a lot of interest for many reasons, but the most obvious is the growth in e-commerce markets. While companies have opportunities to gain new customers by offering more buying and delivery options, these often same-day home deliveries do not come without challenges. In fact, final mile deliveries can be among the most expensive transportation segments in a supply chain. There are costs associated with scheduling times for appointments. If a […]

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The Other Side of the Coin for Crowdsourced Deliveries

A few months ago, I wrote an article about using crowdsourced deliveries for last mile success. In the article, I touched upon a few key points regarding crowdsourced deliveries. First was the rapidly expanding market for crowdsourced deliveries. Major retailers such as Target, BestBuy, Macy’s, Staples, and Walgreens, to name a few, are currently offering crowdsourced deliveries to their customers. But the market has moved beyond traditional retailers, as restaurants that typically have not offered […]

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DHL Parcel Metro Creates Critical Alternative for Last-Mile Delivery

The “Uberization of Freight” is a hot topic in logistics circles. My colleague Steve Banker wrote an LV blog post in 2016 that discussed the topic and its merits (see The Uberization of Last Mile Freight). It is a business concept that has been receiving large amounts of venture capital funding due to the great growth potential. After all, it is an economical solution to last-mile delivery of e-commerce orders – one of the most […]

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Drone Deliveries: Are They Actually on the Horizon?

The United States has been lagging behind other parts of the world when it comes to the testing and adoption of drones for last mile deliveries. This is not due to a lack of interest or research and development efforts from some of the largest drone manufacturers. In fact, companies such as Amazon, Google, and UPS have invested incredible amounts of money into how they can deploy drones to make deliveries. These companies have also […]

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Crowdsourcing for Last Mile Success

The Key Last Mile Markets Last mile deliveries continue to be costly and headache-inducing for retailers. A lot of this is due to consumers constantly evolving and tough to meet demands of fast, reliable, and cheap (or free) service. Many retailers have turned to crowdsourced delivery options to alleviate the stress of last mile deliveries, and in turn, have turned their stores into mini-warehouses. However, the problems associated with last mile deliveries are not just […]

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The Best Part Of Daimler’s New Drone-Equipped Delivery Van Has Nothing To Do With Drones

Even though the idea of launching drones from the roofs of delivery vans, is silly; Daimlers new van is impressive nonetheless. The idea of a car maker as a provider of a holistic delivery system that combines the vehicle, material handling hardware and special racking, and enterprise software is a very interesting. That, not drones, is what makes a true step forward in the automotive industry.

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The Ubers of Last Mile Freight

The Uber-style marketplaces were contacted and analyzed for this report. Tech startups, founded with the idea of using Uber style technology to reinvent last mile freight, have raised about $120 million since the beginning of 2015. This is much less than the billion plus dollars invested since the beginning of 2015 into startups promising to deliver retail merchandise, groceries, or restaurant meals within a few hours, or even minutes.

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The Uberization of Last Mile Freight

Uber has disrupted the taxi industry. Can anyone copy the Uber model and disrupt the freight market?  That question is generating a great deal of discussion among logistics executives with the “last mile” freight market generating the most buzz. Transporting goods long distances can be done far more cost efficiently than the delivery of the last few miles when goods arrive in congested metropolitan areas. Last mile delivery has taken on added urgency as traditional […]

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Sneak Peek: The Omni-Channel Last Mile Dilemma

Omni-channel is all about the convergence of channels to provide a unified brand experience for the customer. Each channel has its own experiences, advantages, and challenges. The key is to connect the business processes and technology to create a holistic experience. One aspect of fulfilling the unified brand experience is to maintain control over the customer experience at all stages in the buying lifecycle: before, during, and after the sale. The last mile poses a […]

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