Click. Order. Pay. Due to online shopping, parcel deliveries worldwide are now estimated to grow as much as 9% per year, according to Pitney Bowes, Access Intelligence and Accenture. Yet, delivering a package is no longer a task reserved for the national postal service or traditional services like FedEx, DB Schenker and DHL.
Now, online megastores are creating their own logistics services. In addition, businesses operating in the sharing-economy spectrum are exploring logistics possibilities. Three examples of new and disruptive business models:
The main criticism of these business models is that they potentially stimulate a «one package, one car»-mentality, neglecting to utilize the full capacity of a transport vehicle. That isn’t particularly Eco-friendly. Studies show that Uber-like services also tend to motivate people to drive around looking for work, leading to more cars on the road and added pollution.
However, there’s also a fourth way. A way to deliver packages both effectively and sustainably, based on a solution that ensures loading-unit optimization: