Category Logistics

The Verge Discovered the “Secret” to Worry-Free Online Clothes Shopping 🙄

I thought this was a no-brainer, but here we go: I have a friend who shops in a way I never even thought was possible. She buys clothing for herself and her two kids online like an increasing number of humans, only when she does it she orders three sizes of everything. She buys the […]

Alibaba Wants to Dominate in Russia Too: AliExpress Expands in Russia With One-Day Delivery

East-West Digital News: AliExpress, the Alibaba subsidiary which has overwhelmed the Russian e-commerce scene with cheap Chinese products, is still expanding aggressively in the country. The Chinese company, which opened its platform to Russian merchants in late 2015, has announced that domestic deliveries will be performed in just one day. At start, the one-day delivery […]

Now, JD.com Creates a Logistics Unit as Well

TechCrunch: JD.com, China’s second-largest e-commerce company after Alibaba, will create a new business group called JD Logistics. Not to be confused with a Wisconsin-based company that has a similar name, JD Logistics will take advantage of JD.com’s existing delivery and warehouse infrastructure. JD.com is in good company: Amazon and a lot of other companies, big […]

Picnic

Dutch Grocery Delivery Startup Picnic Uses Custom Built Electric Vehicles, Raises €100M

The Next Web is reporting on a large Series B round for Picnic: After just 1.5 years in existence, Dutch grocery delivery startup Picnic has nabbed a historically large Series B funding round to roll out their service to the whole of the Netherlands. The 100 million euro round came from four Dutch family funds, […]

Building a Real-Time Layer to Tie All of Logistics Together: Turvo Gets $25 Million

Now, there’s an interesting logistics startup. Turvo is building a platform for collaboration across every level of logistics: Turvo is the only real-time collaborative logistics platform that connects anyone, anywhere to move things. Turvo creates a smarter way for shippers, brokers, and carriers to seamlessly work together to get things done faster. Turvo just raised […]

Kroger, Uber and The Tripartite Nature of Online Groceries

The supermarket giant Kroger is deploying Uber to deliver groceries. Right now, it looks like the whole industry (all of online retail, not just groceries) will become tripartite: Large online retailers / platform players like Amazon will build the whole infrastructure for themselves, including logistics (Traditional parcel services plus Amazon Flex etc.) Smaller merchants will […]

The Billion Dollar Race of Instacart and Postmates (vs. Uber and Amazon)

Both Instacart and Postmates recently raised new capital. Postmates had a hard(er) time with its latest round. Bloomberg: The co-founder and chief executive officer of Postmates Inc. was trying to pitch a food delivery business to investors, just as venture capitalists were tightening their belts and cash-burning delivery startups were falling out of favor globally. “It was a super, […]

BuildDirect’s Gateway Shows AO How to Leverage Logistics

Today’s logistics is still mainly the same system that was built around a pre e-commerce world. So, lots of companies try today to build the next generation logistics infrastructure. One that serves the most demanding and also biggest customer (in volume and revenues): online retailers. An online retailer building out their own logistics infrastructure builds, […]

The Last Mile Is Ripe for Disruption

Recently, we wrote about how everyone from Alibaba to Amazon to startups wants to get into the logistics industry. The reason for this is simple: The increasing demand for genuine logistics for online retailers is creating an ever growing market gap that wants to be filled. But while we wrote about global logistics the more […]

JD.com Is Already Using 30 Self Designed and Engineered Drones for Delivery

Drone delivery is slowly but surely leaving the realm of science-fiction and becoming a reality. Recode on the latest example: JD.com, one of the largest online retailers in China second only to Alibaba, started its drone delivery program last year, flying parcels via unmanned aircraft to four provinces: Jiangsu, rural Beijing, Sichuan and Guangxi. In […]