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: