How Local Businesses Provide Same-Day Delivery Service To Customers

Jan 27 2014, 9:24am CST | by

One of the hottest trends in e-commerce this past year was same-day delivery services. Packages are being delivered on the same day by cars, trucks, planes and bicycle couriers. Amazon is even piloting drones for last mile deliveries . The same day delivery trend is driven by companies of all sizes. Large companies that are in the same-day delivery space include eBay (eBay Now), Google (Google Shopping Express) and Walmart (Walmart To Go). There are also a number of startups that are leveling the playing field for local businesses.

Garrick Pohl, the founder of zipments , told me that his company offers same-day delivery for large retailers, e-commerce and local mom/pop shops to stay competitive. Fortunately, many companies have found that same-day delivery with zipments to be a more affordable option than two-day delivery with the U.S. Postal Service or UPS.

Currently zipments operates out of New York City and has pilots in other major cities. One of their clients in New York City is Midtown Comics, which is a comic store franchise that delivers brand new comics to enthusiasts on the same day that they are issued. zipments originally started off as a peer-to-peer courier connection website, but the company evolved into a larger service as demand grew.

“Today zipments works with 1,000 clients across the country. zipments is used for making local pickup requests through their mobile app, API, and the zipments website,” said Mr. Pohl in an interview with FORBES. “After a courier accepts a delivery request, the status can be tracked with real-time updates such as pick up times and the final delivery time.”

Tech companies have been expanding the availability of same day delivery services at a rapid pace. Currently Amazon offers same-day delivery in 11 cities and eBay Now is available in 25 cities. Last week, Google announced that they would be offering their same-day delivery to Los Angeles after piloting the program in the Bay Area. Some of the other startups that offer same-day delivery include SixDoors, Instacart, Shutl, Deliv and TaskRabbit.

The pursuit of same-day delivery has not been an easy road though. Online grocery business Webvan went bankrupt in 2001 after hitting a valuation of $1.2 billion at one point and offering their services in 26 cities. Other same-day delivery services that shut down in the early 2000s were UrbanFetch and Kozmo. These companies may sound like cautionary tales, but many of the same-day delivery services today have been much more practical and scalable. There is also a belief that same-day delivery services that existed back then were ahead of its time.

What are your thoughts on same-day delivery services? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Forbes Auto

 
 

Don't miss ...

 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/30" rel="author">Forbes</a>
Forbes is among the most trusted resources for the world's business and investment leaders, providing them the uncompromising commentary, concise analysis, relevant tools and real-time reporting they need to succeed at work, profit from investing and have fun with the rewards of winning.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Your Parent Or Kid Moved In: Are You Covered?
A record 57 million Americans now live in multigenerational family households — double the number in 1980, according to a new Pew Research Center study. And I bet many of them have the wrong homeowner’s or renters...
 
 
Pandora Looks to Challenge Terrestrial Radio's Dominance in Cars
Pandora Media is one of the largest Internet radio providers in the U.S. with more than 75 million active users. While the company’s active user count has increased at a robust pace historically, it is likely to slow...
 
 
Are General Manager Salaries About To Skyrocket? Will There Be A Front Office Salary Cap?
Are General Manager Salaries About To Skyrocket? Will There Be A Front Office Salary Cap?
It’s January 2026. New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner gets out of his driverless car and triumphantly marches before the gathered press to introduce his prized new free agent. It’s a record-breaking contract—over...
 
 
Volkswagen AG New Coverage: Trefis Price Estimate at $51
Volkswagen AG is the second largest automaker in the world behind Toyota and slightly ahead of GM, selling 9.72 million vehicles globally in 2013. Established in 1937, Volkswagen AG, along with its 340 subsidiary...
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Brazilian soccer standings
Rio de Janeiro, July 28 (IANS) Following are the standings of the Brazilian Serie A championship after the latest round of matches Saturday and Sunday (tabulated under matches played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
2.5 bn smartphone users globally by 2015: US report
New York, July 28 (IANS) Nearly 2.5 billion people or 35 percent of the global population is expected to use smartphones by the end of 2015, says the latest report of US-based industry tracker Strategy Analytics. The...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Ronaldinho on his way out: Jo
Rio de Janeiro, July 28 (IANS) Ronaldinho has probably played his last match for Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro, according to the star's teammate and close friend Jo. The 34-year-old has not contacted anybody at the...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
CWG: Indian paddlers lose to England in men's team semis
Glasgow, July 28 (IANS) India lost 1-3 to England in the 2014 Commonwealth Games men's team table tennis semifinal and will have to be content with playing for the bronze medal against Nigeria. The country's top...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Dolly Parton would sing own songs in biopic
Dolly Parton would perform her own songs in a movie of her life. The 'Jolene' hitmaker doesn't want an actress to have the ''pressure'' of having to match her famous vocals in a biopic, so would allow them to lip-sync...
Read more on Movie Balla
 
Twin blasts in Nigeria kill five
Abuja, July 28 (IANS) At least five people were killed in two bomb blasts in Nigeria's Kano city, a mainly Christian area, Sunday afternoon, police said. The first blast occurred under a bridge in the Sabon Gari...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Australia gives $5 mn for Gaza relief
Sydney, July 28 (IANS) The Australian government is providing five million Australian dollars (4.7 million US dollars) in urgent humanitarian assistance to Gaza, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced Monday. The...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
France wants expatriates to leave Libya
Paris, July 28 (IANS) French government Sunday called on all its nationals to quit Libya, "given the deteriorating security situation" prevailing in the African country. "All our nationals are invited to get in touch...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Israel denies responsibility for UN school attack deaths
Jerusalem, July 28 (IANS) The Israeli army Sunday denied responsibility for the deaths of 16 Palestinians during Thursday's attack on a UN school in northern Gaza. "The inquiry as well as documented footage conclude...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
India lose badminton semi-final to England 3-0
Glasgow, July 28 (IANS) India lost to England 3-0 in the semi-finals of the badminton competition at the Commonwealth Games here late Sunday night. India's men's and mixed doubles teams fought well over three games,...
Read more on Sport Balla