Last Mile Brief 09/01/2022: Big and Bulky Last Mile Delivery projected

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Today's update covers DoorDash's latest service offering, projections for the US last mile, plus developments concerning autonomous deliveries in the US.

Last Mile Brief 09/01/2022: Big and Bulky Last Mile Delivery projected
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Today’s headline story: DoorDash launches new service linked to UPS, FedEx and USPS deliveries

We begin with an interesting item concerning US express food and grocery delivery outfit DoorDash.

The company has launched a new service that ties in with traditional parcel delivery firms.

For a $5 fee, a “Dasher” will pick up any package a customer wants to mail and deliver it to a UPS, FedEx or USPS location.

DoorDash says it expects high demand for the service this month on the heels of the holiday season, when customers are returning a high volume of merchandise to retailers.

Europe round up

Today’s rather brief Europe round up has an environmental flavour to it.

At the end of last week, UK-based software outfit Scurri announced its integration with HIVED aimed at achieving zero-emission deliveries in London.

Moreover, DPD Switzerland is measuring air quality in four Swiss cities with its fleet of vehicles. Sensors have been installed on around 100 vehicles to send information about particulate matter pollution in Zurich, Basel, Geneva and Bern in real-time. The data is available to the public and paints a previously unavailable picture of the air quality in the aforementioned areas.

North America round up

We start our news summary from North America with a report on the US last mile by Armstrong & Associates, The company has compared and detailed the use of independent contractors versus employee drivers, customer and revenue trends by vertical industry, and the growing use of freight brokerage to source last-mile carrier capacity.

The 3PLs analyzed had last-mile delivery revenues from $7 million to $1 billion and represent approximately 40% of the estimated $9.3 billion US Third-Party Logistics Big and Bulky Last-Mile Delivery Market. A&A estimates the US 3PL Big and Bulky Last-Mile Delivery Market experienced a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.2% from 2017 through 2021 and will have a CAGR of 11.8% from 2022 through 2025.

These projections suggest Big and Bulky Last-Mile Delivery will be one of the fastest growing 3PL segments over the next three years.

The remaining items in this segment concern autonomous deliveries.

Firstly, Ottonomy.IO has unveiled the Ottobot Yeti, billed as the first fully autonomous unattended delivery robot on the market. The company boasts the robot is ideal for curbside, first mile and last mile deliveries, locker integration and automating the return process for retailers.

In addition, Mitsubishi Electric US has announced its drone-based logistics operations management platform. Called AnyMile, the service is designed to give businesses and fleet operators the ability to schedule and manage cargo deliveries via drones over long distances of up to several hundred miles.

Continuing with the drone theme, Walmart has just revealed some figures concerning its drone delivery service. With its vendors, the US retail giant is now operating 36 drone delivery hubs across seven states, and has completed more than 6,000 drone deliveries.

News from the rest of the world

Today’s rest of the world summary opens with reports from Japan , where fuel station operator ENEOS has launched a last mile delivery service via its service stations. The company will utilise 100 of its stations in Tokyo as distribution points and temporary storage facilities.

Finally, Jamaica’s Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA) has signed a deal with DHL Jamaica that will provide support for the wider ‘family’ of Jamaican companies seeking to export goods.

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