Out to Launch
DHL eCommerce, a division of Deutsche Post DHL Group (DPDHL Group), is extending its domestic delivery service in Thailand to small e-commerce merchants, offering next-day pick-up service even in remote areas
Food delivery startups have proven to be a hard business – focus is often on growth more than profits, with high burn rates, low returns and they can be logistics nightmares. But nevermind all that, a new, more niche prepared meal delivery service seems to be popping up — for babies.
Google seems to have silently launched a new food delivery and home services aggregator called Areo for the India market. The app is available as a free download on the Google Play store and is currently operational in Bengaluru and Mumbai.
Thanks to a partnership with London-based fashion technology company Farfetch, you can soon get Gucci clothing and accessories whisked to your door within 90 minutes.
UPS boosts Saturday operations to meet e-commerce delivery demands
UPS is offering customers Saturday ground delivery and pick-ups services for the first time, expecting to create 6,000 new jobs when fully implemented in the USA.
Post and Parcel
Deutsche Post to double production of its StreetScooter electric vans
Deutsche Post DHL Group is to double the production of its self-developed StreetScooter electric vans from 10,000 units to up to 20,000 by the end of this year, following customer demand and an increased need within its own operations in Germany and the rest of Europe.
Yamato Transport Co., Japan’s leading door-to-door courier firm, is considering withdrawing from its same-day delivery service for Amazon.com Inc. to reduce the heavy workload on its drivers, sources close to the matter said Friday.
Ten top tips to beat Brexit
With the trigger finally pulled on Article 50, David Jinks, head of consumer research at international delivery specialist ParcelHero, reveals 10 tricks of the trade that will beat the imposition of duties and VAT.
Walmart.com is preparing to launch a new feature called “Pickup Discount” that will lower the prices on, soon, up to one million online-only items if the customer chooses to pick up their order at a local store instead of opting for shipping. The feature is said to be inspired by the Smart Cart technology developed by Jet.com, the e-commerce startup Walmart acquired for $3 billion last year.
After four months of discussions, country members of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) have recently approved the Technical Specification (TS 17073) for Postal services – Interfaces for cross-border parcels. Ecommerce Europe is proud to have chaired the work within the CEN to harmonize postal and supply chain management standards to enable one item label for the delivery of merchandise to end customers.
Supply Chain Digital
Robbing the mail has a long and dishonorable history dating back to the days of the stagecoach. But UK-based online parcel broker ParcelHero is warning that automated delivery drones and droids could see the rise of a new breed of high-tech highwaymen.
Food for thought
Many companies that have tried to use last-mile delivery surveys can relate, because even though these surveys have been administered multiple times, most have failed to live up to their full potential. In many cases, their response rate has been low, their completion rate limited, and their findings more observational than actionable.
In a time of instant gratification where people are used to getting what they want, when they want it, it’s imperative for companies to go back to the drawing board. They need to think about remapping their customers five W’s (Who, What Where, When & Why). More than ever it’s important for brands to take stock of how consumers are using their products and rethink what channels can help satisfy their need at exactly the right time.
Sustainability is a key target for those in the logistics and supply chain sector and this week’s round-up of news shows just how important it is.
Proportionally, more UK consumers are buying alcohol online than in any other market in Europe. The growth is being driven by six key factors and the opportunities for brands are set to continue, according to a new report – How alcohol brands can tap the ecommerce opportunity – from ecommerce analytics firm Profitero, in conjunction with Nielsen.