Supermarket Amazon, Brexit, Home Delivery, Start-ups, Blockchain and more

Logistics in the News – Week 40 A lot of interesting things in the news this week, which you may have missed. Please find a roundup of the main news and background items for the past week below. You can read the full articles by clicking the link in the tweets. Online supermarket Amazon Most people, including myself are still shopping for […]

3PLs, Brexit, Platooning Trucks, and a Hackathon!

A Hackathon? Yes! A Hackathon! For those of you not familiar with the term Hackathon: The word “hackathon” is a portmanteau of the words “hack” and “marathon“, where “hack” is used in the sense of exploratory programming, not its alternate meaning as a reference to computer crime. The term seems to have been created independently by both the developers of […]

Self-driving Trucks, Amazon, Beer, Social Media, and Robots

Logistics in the News – Week 39 A lot of interesting things reported this week, which you may have missed. Please find a roundup of the main news and background items for the past week below. You can read the full articles by clicking the link in the tweets. Self-Driving Trucks to Start Hauling Freight in 2017 Otto founder Lior […]

Dutch Grocer Uses One of the Fastest Available Vehicles and Drivers for Delivery

Online groceries are still very much a growth market. Looking at the Netherlands for example: Dutch people spend close to 3% of their grocery money online according to GfK. That is not a large percentage. Yet. 20 percent by 2020? There are different predictions when it comes to adoption of online grocery shopping in the Netherlands. One report by the […]

Creative Thinking Counters Shipping Damages

Shipping damages is a problem for any e-tailer or producer selling their product directly to consumers. The product is handled and packaged with care, but is then usually handed over to a parcel carrier to get it delivered to the customer. The problem is that not all of the people after that handle the box with the same pride and […]

The First Zero Emission Trucking Company

Climate change. It is real and it is not going away by ignoring it. We have to step up and actively do something. There are many ways to do this, and one the most important ones is reducing carbon dioxide emissions. If there is one logistics component contributing heavily to these emissions it is trucking. Zero emission for cleaner air […]

Dutch Police Launches Drone-hunting Eagles

Drones can be used for many things. In logistics they are being used (or at least tested) to make deliveries, for yard management, and in warehouses to solve inventory issues (for example). Regular readers of LogisticsMatter know that it is one of my favorite logistics innovations to write about. Eliminating threats from the sky They can obviously also be used […]

Collaboration, Innovation, and a Virtual Disaster Simulation

As I wrote in my post in May: Whether it are natural disasters, such as earthquakes or extreme drought, or man made disasters like wars, they leave people in need of aid. Many times infrastructure is damaged, communications lines are destroyed, and the areas that need aid the most are the hardest to reach. Getting aid to where it needs […]

An Efficient Freight Tender in 8 Steps

The Dutch Start-up space is booming. We have been a seafaring and trading nation for a long time, so it’s no wonder that there is a lot of innovation in the logistics space. I recently came across another great addition to growing group of Dutch logistics innovators: Tendertool. The best part of being a logistics blogger is that you get to […]

Belgian Postal Company Moves Into Crowdsourced Deliveries

Last week Belgian Postal Company bpost launched bringr, which they themselves call an innovative collaborative platform app. Consumers and companies alike can use the smartphone app to find a driver for delivering their goods. These drivers are not working for bpost, but are private people that have registered themselves as a driver in the bringr app. How does it work? You install […]