Delivery poverty: should we be worried?

New delivery services are popping up like mushrooms. Dutch Jumbo is going to deliver with Gorillas. Bol delivers with its own delivery bikes, and HelloFresh is stronger than ever. However, critics argue that all this will not work out. Home delivery will never be profitable. The costs are too high, and competition is cut-throat. However, …

Research: ‘sorry we do not deliver to your area’

The British grocery retail sector is experiencing rapid growth in online ordering for home delivery, resulting in considerable supply-side investment in delivery and fulfilment infrastructure. For retailers with a physical store network, assets typically utilise larger format stores as delivery and fulfilment hubs. Proximity to the store network and delivery infrastructure capacity thus drives the …

EcoLogistics: focusing on city logistics challenges in India

As Indian cities compete on various parameters such as Swacch Survekshan, Ease of Living, Municipal Performance Index, etc., they do not always consider the impact of growth on their ability to move goods effectively. More people and commercial activity increase the demand for goods and services while at the same time increasing competition for scarce …

Gorillas and Jumbo: a match made in heaven?

Dutch Jumbo Supermarkets and quick commerce company Gorillas will cooperate in the Netherlands and Flanders. They are convinced that they can benefit from each other’s expertise and strengthen their market position. It is even possible that Jumbo will take an equity stake in Gorillas. So why will this be an exciting and instructive collaboration? Demand …

Research: Citywide parcel deliveries via crowd shipping minimizing efforts for crowdsourcers

Most current crowdsourced logistics aim to minimize systems cost and maximize delivery capacity, but the efforts of crowdsourcers such as drivers are almost ignored. In the delivery process, drivers usually need to take long-distance detours in hitchhiking rides based package deliveries. In a new paper by Cheng et al. (2022), researchers propose an approach that …

Study Delivery Platforms Europe: our workers want flexibility

Some policymakers and unions have challenged the “gig economy” model of engaging independent workers and call for a reclassification of independent platform workers as employees. This policy shift would imply a move from a flexible work model, where couriers decide when and where to work, towards an inflexible work model, where the platforms or other …

Dutch Bol.com platform acquires cargobike network Fietskoeriers

Bol.com platform acquires Dutch cargobike network Fietskoeriers. This is a significant step forward to more sustainable deliveries and offers good opportunities for expanding the local-for-local ambitions of Bol and its plaza partners. Ahold Delhaize announces today that bol.com, its online retailer in the Benelux, enters into a strategic alliance with delivery expert Cycloon. The parties …

EU: cities along TEN-T network must support zero-emission city logistics

To support the transition to cleaner, greener, and smarter mobility, in line with the objectives of the European Green Deal, the European Commission adopted four proposals that will modernize the EU’s transport system. By increasing connectivity and shifting more passengers and freight to rail and inland waterways, by supporting the roll-out of charging points, alternative refueling …

Can local stores beat quick commerce? Yes!

Supermarkets are essential for our local shopping streets. They provide traffic. The supermarket customer also buys from the specialty stores in the street. With the loss of local ‘brick-and-mortar’ sales, first online food and non-food sales, but now also by quick commerce companies like Gorillas and Getir, supermarkets and later the other stores will not …