6 Ways to Tell Your Delivery Route Planning Operations Are a Mess

| Will Salter

Delivery fleet operations eat up a huge chunk of transportation costs, whether owned, leased or outsourced. In spite of this cost they have a huge role to play in overall customer service. How can you tell if delivery route planning software is the solution? These 6 questions will help you diagnose your situation.

Ecommerce Delivery: What Do Your Customers Want?

| Brian Bourke

When it comes to ecommerce delivery, customer expectations are constantly rising. But just offering a wider selection of delivery options won’t necessarily ensure customer satisfaction. These three fulfillment scenarios illustrate best practices that will help ensure customer satisfaction, loyalty and repeat business.

Breaking Down the Latest FedEx Rate Increases

| Dave Sullivan

The FedEx/UPS near duopoly has allowed the two large carriers to control marketplace pricing for years, echoing each other’s rate hikes and impacting parcel shippers both small and large. Find out about the latest increases from FedEx, how they compare to UPS, and how they will impact shippers as of Sept. 3.

Innovate in Oversized Delivery to Compete with Amazon

| Van Leigh

The “Amazon Effect” notwithstanding, there is one area of ecommerce where online sellers can still compete with, maybe even beat, Amazon and others: Oversized delivery. Learn what steps you can take to exceed customer expectations in the last mile and become a leader in bulky, oversized fulfillment.

Smart Lock for Home Deliveries Targets Porch Piracy

| Mike O'Brien

BoxLock, a smart lock startup, is aiming to address the growing problem of porch piracy by securing ecommerce deliveries through barcode scanning by parcel carriers. It went live on Prime Day and is exclusive to Prime members but that’s bound to change as the solution catches on.

Israeli Drone Firm Taking Part in North Carolina Pilot Program

| Mike O'Brien

Flytrex, an Israeli company that developed a control system for automatic drone flight, may soon be helping deliver food to residents of a North Carolina town as one of 10 FAA-sanctioned test projects. As the first company to launch commercial drone delivery in Iceland, Flytrex is looking to expand the service to other countries.

UPS Testing Smart Lock Delivery in New York

| Mike O'Brien

Following similar moves by FedEx, Amazon and Jet.com, UPS is piloting deliveries to multi-unit New York dwellings when residents are absent, in partnership with smart lock maker Latch. Preliminary tests began in Manhattan earlier this year and have now expanded to Brooklyn.

XPO Logistics Offers Augmented Reality App for Shoppers

| Mike O'Brien

XPO Logistics has added an augmented reality app to its last-mile delivery service that lets shoppers visualize a piece in their living space before having it installed, with a view to cutting down on returns for its retail customers and improving the overall experience.