Last mile logistics is the completion of the final leg in a product’s journey to a customer.
This last step in a supply chain is often filled with a great deal of uncertainty. Common challenges include congested streets, poorly marked houses, and whether or not the customer is even at home.
However, a number of new inventions are beginning to make the last mile a little easier to navigate.
Starship Technologies has designed a robot that will make last mile deliveries of everything from food and wine to laundry and light bulbs. The company hopes that it can still turn a profit even on the smallest of items.
Battery-powered scooters are becoming increasingly common in the last mile of delivery. Vehicles like the “Leo” from TUMCREATE in Singapore can navigate traffic jams and tight spaces.
It is not a stretch of the imagination to see these becoming automated in the near future.
Podbike is a eco-friendly company based in Norway. It was founded by Anne-Lise Heggland, a woman who spent many years in the oil and gas industry.
The company has designed a small battery-operated vehicle that is powered by human energy.
Small box warehouses in city centers could possibly use Podbikes to meet the increasing pressures of having a healthy and enthusiastic workforce while shortening delivery times.
Online shoppers are demanding faster delivery times and more environmental awareness. Battery-operated delivery machines will become an increasingly important part of meeting this demand.