Want Pizza? There’s a Delivery Robot for That!

A robot delivering pizza, sure. You’re probably wondering what science fiction movie I was watching where I saw that. Well it was a movie clip, but it is absolute reality. Meet DRU: DRU stands for Domino’s Robotic Unit. And yes, that is Domino’s Pizza. The Australian division of US Based Domino’s has just announced their intention to use robots to […]

Discover the Future of Your Multichannel Operations

Innovations and trends in Last Mile logistics are a recurring theme on LogisticsMatter.com. I love buying things online. It’s easy, convenient, and fast. One thing is of the utmost importance: the order needs to be delivered! Nothing worse than a missed delivery. Companies ranging from Amazon and Google, to small startups are attacking the challenges of last mile delivery with […]

Missed Deliveries? They’re History!

Just last month, Dutch logistics startup Sesam Solutions launched the Parcer: a safe way to not only receive packages, but also to send them. When you are not there. Not there at all! Last week I sat down with Sesam Solutions’ CEO Hans van Nikkelen Kuijper to talk about their innovation, which will make missed deliveries a thing of the past. […]

amazon Reveals Most Viable Prime Air Drone Design, Yet.

amazon has revealed a new Prime Air drone design on the Prime Air page and they’ve let former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson reveal the new design in a short video, which shows actual footage of a drone delivery. All steps of the process are followed. The item is ordered, picked, packed and loaded into, yes, into the drone. The drone then […]

Drones vs. Robots. The Delivery War is on!

There’s someone at the door with a delivery, but in the near future that will change, at least that is what two Skype co-founders, Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis, envision with their startup Starship. And most of you probably expect that they want you to look up for your delivery, but that’s not the case. While most delivery systems make use […]

Alternative Ways of Package Delivery: Boats, Bikes, and Electrical Vehicles

This past weekend was the last weekend of my Summer Break. I had two great weeks with my family in the South of France and one week around my home town Rotterdam. One of the final activities of this break was a visit to SAIL in Amsterdam, which entailed 8 friends, a launch, and two beer coolers. We saw a lot […]

Why Not Charge Your Drone Midair, or: What Boeing Just Patented

The last time I wrote about a patent, it was one by Amazon and it described what I call a Ship-to Person model. Currently all shipments go to an address, which will be an obsolete process in the future. With logistics operations becoming more agile and flexible it will be possible to bring a package to a person, where ever […]

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 […]

Innovation. Technology. Performance. Home Delivery World 2015

Home Delivery World is a conference held with the goal of helping retailers get their products to their consumers. A returning subject on LogisticsMatter, especially when it comes to last mile deliveries. The fact that I buy a lot of things online does make the subject dear to my heart. I’m not the only one that has felt let down […]

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, […]