In recent years, the number of companies offering next-day delivery has grown exponentially, with more and more businesses now upping their game to provide same-day services. This is fantastic news for online retailers, boosting sales and bringing in more customers who would usually turn to the high street for urgent items.
However, in this age of internet and technological developments, the logistics industry is continuing to evolve. Here are new delivery formats we could be seeing over the next decade.
Driverless Automated Vehicles
With car manufacturers experimenting with automated technology, the future of transport is set to change across the globe by 2025, but it’s also forecast to revolutionise the logistics industry such as Inxpress too. 2016 saw this technology being tested, with driverless services completing their first deliveries while an employee sat in the back. This is a trend that is set to increase, as even with an employee in the vehicle, deliveries could be faster and reduce fuel consumption.
Use of 3D Printers
A few years ago, 3D printers cost a small fortune and were largely used by university researchers or those in the manufacturing industry, but they are now rapidly finding their way into offices and homes. As they become more affordable, ownership of 3D printers is set to increase, which could lead to revolutionary delivery practices. In fact, in years to come, customers could soon print 3D plastic and metal products, either for personal or business use.
Fast Drone Delivery
Drones hit the headlines in 2016, with the companies completing their first delivery via drone. This is fantastic news for customers, as orders can now be placed, packed and delivered within minutes, depending on proximity to depot. However, drone delivery does have its draw backs, such as permits, weight limits and weather conditions, so it’s likely that more tests will be carried out before drones are fully utilised for delivery.
As any commuter who travels in daily rush hour traffic will tell you, roads are becoming more and more congested every year. In a bid to speed up delivery times and reduce vehicles sat in traffic jams, logistics companies are considering going underground. Underground solutions could change the future of courier services and will fall under two main categories: underground trains and fast vacuum delivery tubes.
From drones to driverless vehicles, technological developments are set to transform the future of delivery and logistics. With such dramatic changes over the last decade, by the 2020s, we expect to see even faster and more efficient services in new and revolutionary ways.