Drones and Recovery, Edibility, Google, Applications, Public Opinion, and Hunters

There were so many interesting supply chain and logistics related drones stories in the past few weeks, that I put them together in this post. Please click the links in the tweets to read the full story. Drones and Flooding Drones are being used in many good ways in areas struck by hurricanes and other disasters. Drones can move around […]

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 […]

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 […]

Volvo to Disrupt Package Delivery

Package delivery. One of the most important events for all companies that rely on parcel carriers to deliver their goods to customers (consumers and businesses alike). Can’t always go right and it doesn’t. Who’s fault it is doesn’t really matter to the customer. They call the shipper to complain and it’s a lose lose situation for everybody: the shipper, the […]

April Fools and Logistics

April Fools is one of those times of year that companies try to be the funniest. Makes sense. A good April Fools joke, especially with good pictures or a video has a high chance of going “viral”, which means that it is shared on websites, blogs, and social channels. That is a lot of free publicity (apart from the cost […]

The First Ship-to Person Delivery System Has Just Been Patented. Bring It To Me!

Ship-to-Person? Yes! Ship-to Person! Ship-to Address is so last century. And amazon has just patented a drone-enabled ship-to person delivery method. I first wrote about ship-to person replacing the ship-to address in my post Location Based Logistics – Why Forecast should have stayed, halfway through 2012. The premise is simple: why have a person stay at one location if the […]

what3words: find any location on earth by remembering 3 words

I was sitting in the backyard, at blacked.award.buzzer to be precise, when I found out about what3words. what3words is a London based company, which you can find at index.home.raft, that has made it its mission to make it as easily as possible for anyone in the world to talk about a precise location. But how do they do this? They have […]

Dutch City of Delft Launches Innovative Last Mile Logistics Project

The Dutch City of Delft is a beautiful city. And I am not saying that because I am Dutch, or because it is so close to Rotterdam, where I live myself. Just take a stroll through Delft using Google Streetview if you don’t believe me. Delft has a historic center with canals and was founded in the Middle Ages, getting […]