Amazon’s Next Delivery Drone: YouMove would help Web retailer manage the shopping experience, rising shipping costs
Our take: Sounds like a winner! We have often felt the future is crowdsourcing. It is tough doing a delivery from San Francisco to Vacaville at 4 pm, and yet there are hundreds of people commuting from SF to Vacaville at that time. Harness that power!
Amazon is developing a mobile application that would pay individuals to drop off packages in an effort to speed up delivery and cut down on rising shipping costs.
By GREG BENSINGER
In its ceaseless quest to speed delivery, Amazon.com Inc. wants to turn the U.S. into a nation of couriers.
The Seattle retailer is developing a mobile application that would, in some cases, pay ordinary people, rather than carriers such as United Parcel Service Inc., to drop off packages en route to other destinations, according to people familiar with the matter.
As envisioned, Amazon would enlist brick-and-mortar retailers in urban areas to store the packages, likely renting space from them or paying a per-package fee, the people said. Amazon’s timing for the service, known internally as “On My Way,” couldn’t be learned, and it is possible the company won’t move ahead, the people said.
Our take: hmm. Not feeling it. Shocker! What are they doing other than having a smartphone app? That's not gonna cut it.
The Austin-based startup is taking on FedEx and Amazon to provide last-mile logistics to businesses.
Startups are coming up with fresh approaches to nearly every industry, and courier services are no exception.
Austin-based company Dropoff is building a same-day delivery service for businesses, and has been operating in Austin and Houston for the past year. On Monday, the company announced it has raised $7 million in new funding to help it expand to more cities and continue to build out its product.
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The Return of the Bike Courier Technology was supposed to have signaled the downfall of the bike messenger, but the opposite has happened, and bike courier culture is going strong.
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