Peer-to-peer logistics is gaining momentum
The logistics giants Amazon and Deutsche Post DHL have already carried out their first pilot projects in the P2P sector and more and more concepts are now appearing on the market. Using the Grabr platform, travellers can now match unused space in their luggage with suitable orders from their travel destinations throughout the world. Interested travellers submit a bid via the Grabr app and those placing the order can decide which bid they wish to accept. As a result, unused kilos in travellers’ luggage can be used to make a delivery from Bangkok to Bielefeld. For its part, the Belgian postal service is setting up the Bringr platform for P2P deliveries: the deliveries cost customers somewhat more than a standard delivery but get there more quickly and are still cheaper than a conventional express delivery. Bringr is also organised via an app. A campaign by the French retail chain Carrefour provides a slightly different perspective of the issue of P2P deliveries over the last mile. During the 3-day race event “La Parisienne”, Carrefour only used runners for deliveries from its online shop Ooshop in Paris – a highly effective marketing ploy.
Outstanding questions regarding regulation, liability or the fact that delivery by private individuals may look unprofessional – the list of objections to P2P deliveries may be extensive. It is virtually certain that P2P logistics will not replace traditional deliveries in future. However, in niche areas where P2P solutions are superior to conventional logistical solutions in terms of cost, speed or convenience, they could certainly become an established component of the logistics landscape in future.
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