Monthly Archives: August

Taming the last mile

As E-commerce continues to grow at double-digit rates in the United States and Amazon continues to offer a greater variety of goods with more delivery options the shipment of goods between a hub and the final delivery address, last mile delivery has assumed greater importance. Further, consumers have been pushing for greener solutions- these include

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It was not so long ago that home delivery of products such as furniture, mattresses and televisions was straightforward and rigid, with few choices for customers. That has changed drama­tically with the rise of e-commerce, the influence of Amazon.com, the proliferation of smartphones, tablets and mobile apps and the ability to research, view, select and

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Standing before an audience of 14,000 people last year, Walmart Inc executives described a radical plan to help it fend off Amazon.com Inc and other online delivery services from stealing its customers. Walmart’s own store employees would bring online orders directly to shoppers’ homes after completing their usual shifts of up to nine hours on

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It can’t be overstated how Amazon has been the engine behind ecommerce’s explosive growth. The 100 million products Amazon claimed it sold during its recent Prime Day only underscore its impact. Logistically, offering free two-day shipping has completely reset buyer expectations on speed and cost. In fact, 43% of consumers expect “much faster” deliveries in 2018,

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Park yourself at a typical residential intersection in the U.S., and you’ll watch a parade of delivery vehicles pass by over the course of the day. Trucks from FedEx, UPS, and the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) crisscross neighborhoods, retrieving and delivering packages, sometimes more than once. Increasingly, they are joined by trucks from regional shippers

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Amazon has come a long way in a relatively short period of time. The Seattle-based online behemoth has made its presence known in a variety of consumer categories since the company launched in July 1995. Given Amazon’s growing presence in so many industries, and the rapid advancements in technology, what could Amazon look like in

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