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Disrupting Traditional Delivery Models

Updated: Apr 28, 2021

Long ago, having the milkman deliver to your doorstep from the local dairy farmer was not uncommon.  As the world changed, everyone bought cars and big box grocery stores opened, so milk delivery service was discontinued. Now, consumers are starting to prefer delivery service and expecting delivery to be fast and even free!

Retailers, restaurants and shippers are asking themselves: what is the fastest and most cost effective mode of delivery?  Traditional delivery service models, such as USPS, FedEx, UPS; are challenged by innovative new technology. Crowdsourcing delivery with same day delivery has become a quick and inexpensive way for retailers and restaurants to enhance customer satisfaction. However, cost of a person and maintenance are often far greater than the price of the item being delivered. That’s a problem!

Not far off in the future we may be seeing more autonomous vehicles, sidewalk robots and drone deliveries that hit the right delivery cost - much closer to zero.  

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China is a huge laboratory of innovation, says retail expert Angela Wang, and in this lab, everything takes place on people's phones. Five hundred million Chinese consumers -- the equivalent of the combined populations of the US, UK and Germany -- regularly make purchases via mobile platforms, even in brick-and-mortar stores. What will this transformation mean for the future of shopping? Learn more about the new business-as-usual, where everything is ultra-convenient, ultra-flexible and ultra-social.


For most of us, grocery shopping can be a hassle. Now you can order your groceries on line and have them not only delivered to your home, but put away in your refridgerator.  See how a few retails are using this new level of delivery service today.  

NEXT Future Transportation is a California-based mass-transportation and goods movement company that is commercializing a patented modular automated electric Pod, and the operating system that will bring its “Transportation-as-a-Service” solution to market at scale. formally unveiled a fleet of 20 autonomous robot delivery vehicles in Beijing’s Haidian district following a trial run. 

Uber has joined a growing list of companies keen on using drones for delivery. It wants to integrate the technology into UberEats, its meal-delivery service, and envisions dropping off its first drone-delivered dinners as early as 2021.


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