Autonomous last-mile delivery service Boxbot promises to improve the logistics of the rise of online shopping.
Online shopping has drastically increased in the past years putting pressure on last-mile delivery services, which refer to the moving of packages from the final hub to the customer’s door. As a result, businesses are losing a lot of money due to misplaced or stolen packages.
Boxbot is reducing shipping costs through the automation of its hubs and the use of electric vehicles. With hubs close to residential areas, Boxbot can more quickly drop off packages at the homes of customers. Customers have the option of choosing between an hour one-time slot to collect their package or for the package to be directly delivered to their door. The time slot collection service is serviced by a fleet of autonomous EVs.
While the optimisation of delivery services will make online shopping more efficient is important to note the direct impact it will have for cities. Because more people are opting to shop online, it may cause the closure of stores in cities. So how will cities adapt these empty spaces left behind by our online shopping craze?