In Poland this has long been common practice thanks to so-called multi-drop delivery: several parcels are sent together to parcel machines or parcel shops, where they can be conveniently picked up by the recipient around the clock. US retail giant Walmart also relies on human resources. Instead of investing in technology, it lets its employees deliver online purchases on the way home from work. Voluntarily, of course.
- In 2018, 3.5 billion packages were delivered in Germany. In ten years, this figure will rise to nine billion parcels.
- This will also increase the demand for delivery drivers to 200,000, compared to 90,000 drivers in 2018.
- Most consumers order on the weekend. 30 per cent more deliveries are made on Monday and Tuesday.
- Almost twice as many delivery drivers are needed at the beginning of the week.
- 77 per cent of consumers would consider incentives for deliveries with e-cars or bicycles.
- 75 per cent of consumers would consider deliveries to retailers during the night.
- Experts predict that within the next two years the traditional at-home delivery service will already be a luxury good, which will only be available for an extra charge.
* Data derived from Oliver Wyman’s analysis ‘Last Mile 2028’ and from PwC’s study ‘Breakthroughs on the Last Mile – New Paths for Urban Logistics’.