Urbanization is making the last mile of delivery more complex and critical for the success of e-commerce companies, according to new research by DHL. With over 600 million more people forecast to live in urban environments by 2030 and new technologies creating opportunities for both service enhancement and disruption, online retailers and their logistics partners …
A new paper by van Kaauwen and Van Duin aims to research the developments and innovations in urban freight transport. The paper focuses on the future and implications of robotization in this field. The developments in urban freight transport from a logistics service provider perspective are based on the constraints space, legitimacy and resources.
Wicaksono, Satrio (TU Delft Civil Engineering and Geosciences; TU Delft Transport and Planning) explored the potential for bicycle crowdshipping. This would be a potential alternative for future urban parcel deliveries. Understanding the supply and demand characteristics is essential for bicycle crowdshipping platforms to sustain its network of customers and couriers.
Delivery from the transport hub to the shipment’s final destination has become one of the major focus points for logistics service providers as more and more people head online to buy their goods. Quick delivery direct to door is no longer something that is ‘nice to have’, it is a customer expectation. People want their goods …
Engadget presents Renault’s EZ-PRO as a ‘workspace, coffee truck and rolling post office’. Renault is trying to help us imagine a world with fewer cars. Earlier this year, Renault unveiled the EZ-GO concept, a sort of autonomous ride-sharing vehicle for the masses. The EZ-PRO is a last-mile autonomous electric delivery vehicle system.
McKinsey presents an updated outlook for the last-mile delivery ecosystem, given the rapid development in technology. How will technological advances affect unit economics, customers, and competitive dynamics? McKinsey sees examples of technology piloting and testing across the globe. But they also see the beginning of series productions and scaling of technology deployment by several companies.
Road congestion, air pollution and sustainability are increasingly important in major cities. UK researchers looked to understand how last-mile deliveries in the parcel sector are impacting our roads. Using formative field work and quantitative analysis of consignment manifests and location data, they identified how the effectiveness of life-style couriers is contributing to both environmental and …
Delivering affordable, high-quality products to the billions of people who live in poorly served or remote locations presents a huge opportunity for innovative social enterprises. Unilever is now sharing their expertise to help them create successful ‘last-mile distribution’ models.
For urban planners, retailers and logistics companies, the growing flow of products from manufacturer to consumer presents new challenges. What is the impact of increasing e-commerce in our European cities? And what can be done to facilitate this transformation of our shopping habits?
Last-minute rerouting, guaranteed deliveries within two-hour windows, drop-offs in places without street addresses. Parcel delivery companies have been talking about all of this for years. That this future has now arrived is no surprise. The million dollar question is who is leading the way… BCG took a close look.