Dutch Flitsmeister Pickup connects the local retailer to a community of 1.7 million loyal users. This enables the retailer to deliver quickly and efficiently. In addition, the user can lend a hand and earn some extra money. Flitsmeister warns drivers about speed cameras, saves fines, and provides real-time traffic information and now: Flitsmeister Pickup.
Roadie is creating a wide last-mile delivery network in the US by using excess capacity already on the road. MH&L talked with Marc Golin, founder, and CEO of Roadie. Marc was remodeling a property and couldn’t get the part he needed for a number of days. Driving along the freeway it occurred to him that all of …
Last mile logistics comprises a large share of the total delivery cost. A variety of collaborative economy business models are rapidly emerging and growing across the globe, changing the way logistics services were traditionally provided and consumed. They are driven by technological, economic and societal factors.
Crowd logistics is an opportunity for logistics service providers intending to improve customer service, reduce costs, and satisfy their customers. Companies should be asking themselves, “how else can the consumer acquire and use the types of goods or services I currently provide and how might I innovate to capitalize on these possibilities?”.
Research by Valentina Carbone, professor at the Paris Campus of ESCP Europe, Aurélien Rouquet, professor at NEOMA Business School and Christine Roussat, assistant professor at the Clermont-Auvergne University in France, examines how crowd logistics differs from traditional logistics service models and which type of crowd logistics might be the most disruptive.
The trend towards shorter delivery lead-times reduces operational efficiency and increases transportation costs for internet retailers. Mobile technology, however, creates new opportunities to organize the last-mile. In a paper from 2016 researchers from Erasmus University (NL) study the concept of crowdsourced delivery that aims to use excess capacity on journeys that already take place to …
Passenger car occupancy has been falling for years. Partly empty vehicles on our road networks decrease passenger transport sustainability but also contain an opportunity for freight transport. Within crowd logistics, delivery operations are carried out by using passengers’ excess capacity on journeys that are already taking place, resulting in economic, social and environmental benefits.