Last-mile? There’s an app for that

The competition to take on last-mile demand is heating up everywhere in the South American market, especially in the dense urban areas where B2C shows the most potential. Several “Uber-like” on-demand startups have been searching for ways to compete with the likes of Amazon, eBay, MercadoLibre and other e-commerce giants, and have been attracting the […]
  • Staff Reports
  • May 24, 2019

Last-mile tech startup FarEye looks to Americas for expansion

India-based logistics technology startup FarEye, announced yesterday that it plans to grow its presence in the United States by opening a Chicago office and building out its team of local experts to serve the U.S. market. For starters, the company appointed Larry Klimczyk as president of the Americas region. The company’s CTO, Gaurav Srivastava, will also be relocating to Chicago.   Best known for its end-to-end […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 23, 2019

FedEx to develop autonomous same-day delivery robots

FedEx is investing in the future of robotics and artificial intelligence in logistics with the development of its own autonomous delivery vehicle, the “FedEx SameDay Bot,” for last-mile deliveries of goods ranging from hardware products to pizzas. The integrator’s initiative named retailers AutoZone, Lowe’s, Pizza Hut, Target, Walgreens and Walmart as future recipients of the […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 1, 2019

JD Logistics uses robots for last-mile delivery in new smart service centers [VIDEO]

Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com is forwarding an artificial intelligence (A.I.)-enabled future in logistics the launch of two “smart” delivery stations in Changsha and Hohhot, which utilize robots and facial recognition software – and cuteness, let’s admit – to complete last-mile deliveries. The golf cart-sized autonomous vehicles, complete with a front screen display that suggests cartoon […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • January 7, 2019

JETcopter’s driving/flying vehicle design confirmed

While it may not have quite as much charm as our fine four-fendered friend, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, one India-based aviation technology company could be bringing the long-promised but still fictional “flying-car” concept to reality with its startup, JETcopter – a rotorcraft-based vehicle that is designed to both drive and fly. There’s even a plan […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • November 19, 2018

The World of E-Commerce: Taking advantage of retail’s online revolution

Buzzword or not, the “e-commerce revolution” has reshaped not only the air cargo logistics chain but the overall retail market, on a global scale. With the rise of e-commerce giants such as Amazon in the United States, and Alibaba and JD.com in China, the need for e-commerce shipments to move across the globe in only […]
  • Staff Reports
  • September 10, 2018

Fulfillment company ShipBob raises C Series funding for expansion

Today, Chicago-based e-commerce fulfillment service ShipBob said it raised US$40 million toward in a Series C round to fund the expansion of its warehousing services and digital platform, in order to compete with juggernaut rival Amazon.com’s fulfillment service. The funding round was led by Menlo Ventures and involved contributions from existing investors Bain Capital Ventures, Hyde […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • September 6, 2018

Flytrex drone service tees off at U.S. golf course [VIDEO]

Carrying an order of burgers and fries to hungry golfers is not exactly the same as landing a loaded FedEx freighter. But for drone logistics company Flytrex, it’s another milestone in the advancement in last-mile delivery, despite the severe regulatory restrictions still in place. In partnership with unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) firm, EASE Drones, Flytrex today […]
  • Randy Woods
  • September 5, 2018

Gebrüder Weiss plans to enhance Chinese presence ‘significantly’

Austrian 3PL Gebrüder Weiss, which already operates thirteen 50,000 square-foot warehouses in China, said it plans to increase its Chinese presence. The company said it will expand its storage facilities “significantly” in the next five years at several commercial hubs, addressing increasing demand for the transportation of furniture, fashion and automotive goods between Europe and […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 28, 2018

Compass Forwarding begins ‘white glove’ services

Today, New York-based freight forwarding and customs brokerage company Compass Forwarding released its own “white glove” handling service, called Compass Critical, for time-sensitive shipments, catering to its clients in the aerospace, pharmaceuticals, energy and automotive sectors. White glove services – which refer to the special handling of cargo during the “last mile” of handling in […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • May 21, 2018

E-commerce turns up the heat on fulfillment companies

The e-commerce boom in the United States has already irrevocably changed the traditional dynamics between supply chain members, but we are still far from seeing how these dynamics will re-form – if ever – after the dust settles, according to an in-depth report released last week from third party logistics (3PL) research organization Armstrong & […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • May 1, 2018

SEKO expands ‘white glove’ e-commerce delivery services

SEKO Logistics is expanding its special-care e-commerce delivery services – a.k.a. the “white glove” treatment – to include installation and setup of bulkier items that are traditionally bought in-store, such as furniture and fitness equipment, which consumers are now increasingly purchasing online. The services will also include the syncing of smart devices with the new […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 17, 2018