Logistics of the Future: Best Last-Mile Delivery Startups

Logistics of the Future: Best Last-Mile Delivery Startups

Logistics of the Future: Best Last-Mile Delivery Startups

This article is part of the “Logistics of the Future” series, where we look at the best logistics startups today.

It is the last step in the supply chain but likely the most important: last-mile delivery. Delivery from the transport hub to the shipment’s final destination has become one of the major focus points for logistics companies as more and more people head online to buy their goods. In fact, e-commerce is expected to hit $1.35 billion in sales by 2018, an increase of 28.8 percent from 2013. Quick delivery direct to door is no longer something that is “nice to have”, it is a customer expectation. But meeting such expectations has become an expensive operation with last-mile delivery comprising more than 50 percent of total shipping costs. People want their goods and they want them now.

Thankfully, there are many logistics companies worldwide who are working to streamline this process using the latest tech and methodology. Forget about the postman coming to your door, these last-mile delivery startups are rethinking the last step in the supply chain to include drones, electric vehicles, robots, driverless cars and more. Smart solutions are the way forward.

Amazon: Most Impressive and Futuristic Logistics Patents

Amazon: Most Impressive and Futuristic Logistics Patents

Amazon: Most Impressive and Futuristic Logistics Patents

There’s little debate that global E-commerce giant Amazon has shifted the perception of what is possible in logistics. Just look at the numbers: they are the world’s second-biggest company, shipping to 310 million active customers every year and hit an estimated valuation of $1 trillion this month – only the second ever company to reach this feat after Apple. And yet with that success and market-share, Amazon continues to stay ahead of the curve.

Case in point: Amazon’s patents. The US company has been lodging more and more patents every year, with almost 100 in 2017. These are patents with the simple aim of getting packages more quickly to customers. Their proposed methods, however – across air, land, sea and earth – are anything but simple. Here are some of the most impressive, futuristic and downright strange plans Amazon has for the oncoming decades of logistics:

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“Across Logistics” Innovation News Release: September 2018

“Across Logistics” Innovation News Release: September 2018

“Across Logistics” Innovation News Release: September 2018

Welcome to the September 2018 issue of “Across Logistics” Innovation News Release, where we are presenting you the latest innovative technologies and important news in logistics that happened over the past month.

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Logistics Startup of the Month: ClearMetal

Logistics Startup of the Month: ClearMetal

Logistics Startup of the Month: ClearMetal

Every month we select one logistics startup which represents a positive example of innovation in Logistics and Supply Chain and has the potential to alter the way the industry operates. This month, Transmetrics selected ClearMetal, the predictive logistics company that unlocks unprecedented efficiencies for global trade, as the August “Logistics Startup of the Month” for its outstanding contribution to the development of data science and AI in logistics and supply chain.

In order to learn more about ClearMetal and what they do, we talked with Adam Compain, CEO and Co-Founder of ClearMetal, about their business and how data science and AI can bring the positive influence to supply chain and logistics.

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Predictive Analytics in Logistics: Is Your Company Ready?

Predictive Analytics in Logistics: Is Your Company Ready?

Predictive Analytics in Logistics: Is Your Company Ready?

Amazon has long threatened traditional logistics companies with its advanced predictive analytics capabilities, sometimes even shipping products before customers place their orders. And now, legacy logistics companies are fighting to catch up. UPS, for example, is in the process of implementing a new predictive analytics tool that analyzes over one billion data points daily to estimate capacity, package volumes and customer demand.

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“Across Logistics” Innovation News Release: August 2018

“Across Logistics” Innovation News Release: August 2018

“Across Logistics” Innovation News Release: August 2018

Welcome to the August 2018 issue of “Across Logistics” Innovation News Release, where we are presenting you the latest innovative technologies and important news in logistics that happened over the past month.

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Logistics Startup of the Month: Open Motors

Logistics Startup of the Month: Open Motors

Logistics Startup of the Month: Open Motors

Every month we select one logistics startup which represents a positive example of innovation in logistics and mobility and has the potential to alter the way the industry operates. This month, Transmetrics selected Open Motors, the developer of open, modular, electric vehicle platform, as the August “Logistics Startup of the Month” for its impressive contribution to the development of mobility and logistics. In order to learn more about the company and what they do, we talked with them about their business, the industry and the future of mobility and logistics.

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Interview with Ferry Heilemann, CEO and Co-Founder of FreightHub

Interview with Ferry Heilemann, CEO and Co-Founder of FreightHub

Interview with Ferry Heilemann, CEO and Co-Founder of FreightHub

The logistics startup scene has never been so robust and forward-looking as it is at the moment. These companies are bringing the fresh innovative spirit to the industry and solving the most complex problems by using the latest technology. A prominent example of such startup is FreightHub, a company based in Berlin and Hamburg and one of the first digital freight forwarders. They provide improved transparency and efficiency by introducing digitization to an industry, dominated by lacking customer service and analog structures.

This time, we had a chance to talk with Ferry Heilemann, FreightHub CEO and Co-Founder. After selling his first tech startup DailyDeal to Google in 2011, Mr. Heilemann and his co-founders have decided to digitize the global freight forwarding industry in 2016. In the following conversation with Transmetrics, he shares the insights about the challenges of logistics startups as well as the opportunities to disrupt the industry.

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“Across Logistics” Innovation News Release: July 2018

“Across Logistics” Innovation News Release: July 2018

“Across Logistics” Innovation News Release: July 2018

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Blockchain Front-Runners in Logistics and Supply Chain

Blockchain Front-Runners in Logistics and Supply Chain

Blockchain Front-Runners in Logistics and Supply Chain

It was only a matter of time until blockchain hit the logistics mainstream. The technology’s ability to record transactions between parties permanently and securely has a multitude of uses in logistics which are only now starting to be realized. But blockchain is being realized and in a major way by some of the world’s largest companies including Maersk, Microsoft, Alibaba, and Amazon. That’s a lot of money getting in on the blockchain action, and why wouldn’t they? The World Economic Forum estimates the integration of blockchain reduces the supply chain barriers to trade, giving businesses the potential to increase sales by almost 15 percent and increase the global gross domestic product (GDP) by 5 percent.

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