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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Logistics in the News – Week 9

A good friend of mine came by the house yesterday evening. We usually play squash once a week, but his back is injured and I need to take it easy with my knee (try taking it easy when playing squash). We opted for some beers in stead and had great fun with my Sonos. Had been too long since I […]

Logistics in the News – Week 8

This Saturday it’s Valentine’s Day again. The best day in the year if you are a florist, I guess. As my wife tends to read the things I write here (I do appreciate your comments and compliments. Opst!) I’m not going into if I got / will get her something for Valentine’s Day, and if so, what. Don’t want to ruin […]

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 7

There was quite some snow this morning, so it took me 1 hour and 45 minutes to get to work, instead of 45. The sun was shining, the farm lands I was driving through were white and looked beautiful in the morning sun, and I had some interesting podcasts to listen to. Time well spent. And now on to what caught […]

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 […]