Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups in the logistics industry. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we decided to share some of our insights with you. So, let’s take a look at promising solutions in last-mile delivery for the logistics industry.
Heat Map: 7 Out Of 200 Last-Mile Delivery Startups
For our 7 picks of last-mile delivery startups in logistics, we used a data-driven startup scouting approach to identify the most relevant solutions globally. The Heat Map below highlights 7 interesting examples out of 200 highly relevant last-mile delivery solutions in the logistcs industry. Depending on your specific needs, your top 7 picks might look entirely different.
Narvar – Delivery Platforms
Last-minute delivery promotes a tight relation with the client, therefore, differentiating and evaluating the customer satisfaction rate during the delivery process is a priority for logistics companies. Through delivery platforms, companies can analyze the client’s purchase history and preferences to enhance their satisfaction level. Starting from filling the cart and finishing at the doorstep, US-based Narvar offers a convenient system of receiving an order, tracking it, and delivering it. If necessary, the system can easily support the client during the return process too.
Active Ants – Last Mile as a Service (LMaaS)
Outsourcing the last-mile delivery process can be a good option for companies which are more interested in focusing on the manufacturing side. That is why the service with full-stack delivery offers solutions from processing the order, packaging, and delivering it worldwide. For instance, Netherland-based startup Active Ants provides e-fulfillment that is highly automated, robotics-driven, and equipped with cutting-edge technologies to receive, process, and delivery the order quickly and effectively. The efficiency of this process is taken care of through the use of robotics in combination with an innovative storage system.
Roadie – Courier Inner-City Delivery
Finding the best courier for your corporate needs is not a problem anymore. Nowadays, it is easy to pick and drop parcels by choosing the courier which has the most convenient route, timing, and pricing to deliver goods. US startup Roadie, for instance, offers on-the-way delivery of any types and sizes of goods with the most suitable carrier. The system easily tracks the driver and shows the real-time delivery process.
PiggyBee – Crowdshipping
Crowdshipping solves two significant issues: alleviating the process of cross-border delivery and saving costs. Such services run on easily manageable online platforms enabling both sides of the process to observe the package delivery status dynamically. For example, the quickly developing cross-border crowdshipping startup PiggyBee is used worldwide for delivering packages and tracing the delivery process.
Matternet – Drones
The flying assistant for any type of delivery is becoming commonplace for logistics companies. Drones are quick and high-quality couriers that can avoid traffic jams and deliver orders on time. US startup Matternet provides solutions for companies working in the healthcare, retail, or humanitarian sector. The quick delivery of medications regardless of the road condition has become a breakthrough in transportation for the medical sphere.
StarShip – Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV)
Narrow urban streets often make it complicated to reach the final stage of the delivery. However, with flexible and maneuverable couriers it is easy to deliver the parcel to the client’s doorway. UK startup StarShip, for example, call themselves the alternative to courier drones. Indeed, using their Automated Guided Vehicles, they avoid traffic jams by using narrow streets along with pedestrians to move quickly towards their final destination.
SmartBox – Smart Lockers
Smart lockers are becoming more popular in eCommerce to minimize the delivery cost and optimize the final step of the delivery. This alternative has a number of advantages such as safety; the option of returning any damaged or incorrectly delivered goods; transportation of the parcel which was not picked up to the nearest branch of the logistics partner, and others. Indian startup SmartBox is a new generation of last-mile delivery, allowing clients to pick up their parcel whenever they have time. With the use of a private card and password, it is easy to track the order and take it from the locker it was placed in.
What About The Other 193 Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence for your Proof of Concept (PoC), partnership, or investment targets. The 7 last-mile delivery startups showcased above are promising examples out of 200 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria and collaboration strategy, get in touch.