Here's what I have seen in the last-mile industry this week.
Quote of the Week
"As traditional brick-and-mortar retailers look to wage war on the dominance of e-commerce giants, delivery services are a key battleground. Breaking from traditional fulfilment strategies can offer a competitive advantage if leveraged and tailored appropriately". Link
Ken Chrisman, Division President, Sealed Air

Cheaper Bananas and Wi-Fi Avocados

Amazon is now the proud owner of Whole Foods and, as promised, prices have already been cut, from a minimum of 6% to a max of a stunning 43% (Link). Of course Amazon will be loosing a staggering amount of money but, you know, they don't really care ... so ... anyway some say the bleeding won't even last that long (Link). Fun fact: from day one of Amazon's ownership Echos have started growing in orchards and can be found among general produce (Link). Now you can buy three bananas, two avocados, one Alexa and contribute to the plummeting of competitors’ stock prices (Link) (And here goes this week's funny delivery).

Walmart isn't idling and has announced a partnership that will enable voice shopping through Google Assistant, the virtual assistant living on devices like its smart speaker, Google Home. Sounds like too little too late? You got to work with what you've got, there's always the chance that a coalition of seconds will irritate the perennial first. Link

BlaBlaCar made the deal of a lifetime and is now integrated on Google Maps among the transportation options. Link

Uber seems to have found a new CEO: Expedia's Dara Khosrowshahi and he might be forced to divest his shares in freight startup Convoy due to conflict of interest with competing service Uber Freight. Link

Do Logisticians Dream of Autonomous Sheep?

Indian startup Delhivery, which is $138 million strong, is working on a "routing proprietary software that picks up the correct address in case someone has given a wrong pin code or character. This software - named 'ADFIX' - does not depend on just a single character, but checks the whole address". Link

German ecommerce logistics startup Seven Senders, which connects online stores with delivery carriers around Europe, has raised €6.5 million in Series A funding. Link

Logistics provider Hermes has opened an automated parcel distribution hub in the United Kingdom, which is said to be the biggest in the country. The hub has the capability to process over one million parcels per day. Link

An Ohio closed mall will get a second life thanks to Amazon and be transformed into a warehouse. Will this become a major trend in the #mallapocalypse? Good news: new jobs will be created. So-so news: warehouses are not as depressing as dead malls but not exactly a cheerful sight. Link


Online marketplace Aha has tapped the services of Israeli drone company Flytrex to roll out an on-demand food delivery service in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik. They deliver sushi, which in Iceland preserves itself longer, but I'd still go for a warm stew. Link

Ford and Domino’s are teaming up on a research trial that will see Ford cars equipped with self-driving tech delivering pizzas to regular consumers. Link

Funny Deliveries

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