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 […]

Carpooling, Yes, Carpooling for Goods: Sjipit

I can hear most of my non-Dutch readers think: Sji-what?? Sjipit. It’s Ship It written phonetically in Dutch. It may be the first time you hear about it, so let me start with how I first heard about it. I love LinkedIn and browse my timeline multiple times a day. It’s nice to see what’s happening with your connections, and it’s […]

The Uberization of Logistics Continues: e-Commerce Deliveries

In January I wrote about the first steps of Uber in the Logistics arena with its launch of UberCARGO in Hong Kong. According to a recent article on re/code Uber will launch a new service this fall, for which the name is not known yet. Uber is moving into e-Commerce Deliveries, and it is doing so in New York City to start with. […]

Crowdsourced Logistics: Social and Sustainable Shipping. And Waffles.

A Crowdsourced Logistics concept is a concept that engages the public (companies and private persons alike) to seek excess capacity in existing modes of transport, storage space, and/or time. This can be a private vehicle, but also a taxi, (delivery) van, or truck. A lot is happening in the Crowdsourced Logistics Arena, with start-ups like Uber (UberCARGO), Easy Van, Lalamove, […]

3 Technology Trends Changing Supply Chains

It was some time around Christmas that fellow Supply Chain enthusiast Eytan Buchman, whose work you can read on the Freightos Blog, asked me if I wanted to put my thoughts to paper on which 3 technology trends would be changing Supply Chains as we know them between now and 2020. Of course I did. I was honored to be one of the […]

People + Packages. Crowdsourced Logistics and Cab Service in One

Last month I wrote about the Uberization of Logistics; A Crowdsourced Logistics model where (almost) anybody with a decent car can join the ranks of drivers. These types of services have been deployed for transporting People (Uber, Sidecar, Lyft) and transporting Goods / Packages (Postmates, Lalamove, Gogovan). Each has some form of vetting and maybe minimum requirements for type and make of […]

Logistics in the News – Week 6

 I have decided to try something new on LogisticsMatter. The concept itself is not new, it’s new on this blog. 🙂 Every workday between 14h00 and about 18h00 CET a selection of the best Logistics and Supply Chain news and background stories is tweeted through @LogisticsMatter. What I will (try to) do is give a quick weekly round up of […]

The Uberization of Logistics is Now

Uber is moving into the logistics arena with the launch of UberCARGO in Hong Kong. The service works similar to UberPop. Something (optionally accompanied by someone) needs to be transported from point A to point B by somebody. Yes. It is the same as UberPOP, but with boxes. Crowdsourced Logistics in it’s purest form. Yet. How does this work? You […]

How Uber-like Logistics Optimizes the Transportation Marketplace

Uber has recently been valued at $17 billion. Not bad for an app that basically does nothing more than be a marketplace for taxi rides. Here in Europe Uber has been all over the news as cities like Brussels and Berlin have blocked acces to their taxi marketplaces. In some cities there was talk of a taxi war. I have […]

A Truly Social Supply Chain

Social Supply Chain. If you follow the news on the web on Supply Chain (for example by following @LogisticsMatter 😉 ), there is no way this term is new to you. It’s a relatively new term and there is no one single meaning. Social Supply Chain is often referred to when parties in a Supply Chain are using Social Media […]