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

IPad Air Giveaway 2014 is Online
IPad Air Giveaway 2014 is Online
Our sister site I4U News is giving away a brand new iPad Air or if you can wait an iPad Air 2. This is an $499 value.
 
 
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...
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Travolta denies gay sex claims
Los Angeles, Sep 17 (IANS) Actor John Travolta has denied having sex with his former employee Douglas Gotterba. He says "there is no foundation to the rumour". In an interview with The Daily Beast newpaper, Travolta...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Real Madrid begin title defence in style
Paris, Sep 17 (IANS) Spanish football club Real Madrid started its Champions League title defence with a comfortable 5-1 win over Swiss club Basel while Atletico Madrid slipped to a surprise 2-3 defeat to Olympiakos....
Read more on Sport Balla
 
President wraps up Vietnam visit, flies home
Ho Chin Minh City, Sep 17 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee Wednesday wrapped up his four-day state visit to Vietnam and flew back to India. During the visit that took President Mukherjee to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Philippines says it will press US to pay for reef damages
Manila, Sep 17 (IANS) The Philippines government vowed Wednesday to continue seeking compensation from the United States for the damage caused by its navy ship to parts of a protected marine reserve. "We will continue...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
No control over US surveillance in country: New Zealand PM
Wellington, Sep 17 (IANS) New Zealand Prime Minister John Key Wednesday said his government and intelligence agencies had no control over what data the US National Security Agency (NSA) collected from its citizens....
Read more on Politics Balla
 
President flies out of Vietnam
Ho Chin Minh City, Sep 17 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee Wednesday wrapped up his four-day state visit to Vietnam and flew back to India. During the President's visit, India and Vietnam called for a peaceful,...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
North Korea bank on Olympic and World champions for Asiad glory
Incheon (South Korea), Sep 17 (IANS) North Korea will be banking on its Olympic gold medallists and World Champions as it targets glory in the 17th Asian Games starting here Friday. North Korea, which won the men's...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Cara Delevingne cast in Paper Towns
Cara Delevingne is to star in the upcoming John Green adaptation 'Paper Towns'. The model is to play the role of Margo in the new film, which is the second best-selling Green novel to be turned into a movie, following...
Read more on Movie Balla
 
Artwork an extension of the creator
New York, Sep 17 (IANS) Know why we do not view a Picasso sculpture or Leonardo da Vinci's portrait in the same way we look at a bed no matter how fancy the bed is? Because we see Picasso or da Vinci more as a person...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Be careful with wearable lifestyle monitoring devices
New York, Sep 17 (IANS) If you plan to buy a wearable device fitted with health apps to improve your well-being, do not go by its flashy advertisements but check if it matches your requirements. Given the large and...
Read more on Celebrity Balla