Third-party vs. In-house Delivery: A Guide to Informed Choice

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Posted by MiriamEllis   Image credit: Robert Couse-Baker Before all else, gratitude to every delivery person, whether in-house or third party, doing the essential work of keeping households safer and supplied in these times. I’m dedicating today’s column to the manager of a nearby Sprouts grocery store who personally drove my order to my door when an Instacart driver just couldn’t get the job done. If your business or clients are weighing whether to fulfill delivery in-house or partner with a third party, my small experience is an apt footnote to the huge, emergent debate over last-mile fulfillment options. I’d searched all over town for scarce potatoes, finally arranging by phone with the local Sprouts market to hold their last two bags for me one morning, and texting the Instacart driver about where the spuds were being held. Next: For whatever reason, the driver chose not to retrieve them, …

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Third-party vs. In-house Delivery: A Guide to Informed Choice

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Posted by MiriamEllis   Image credit: Robert Couse-Baker Before all else, gratitude to every delivery person, whether in-house or third party, doing the essential work of keeping households safer and supplied in these times. I’m dedicating today’s column to the manager of a nearby Sprouts grocery store who personally drove my order to my door when an Instacart driver just couldn’t get the job done. If your business or clients are weighing whether to fulfill delivery in-house or partner with a third party, my small experience is an apt footnote to the huge, emergent debate over last-mile fulfillment options. I’d searched all over town for scarce potatoes, finally arranging by phone with the local Sprouts market to hold their last two bags for me one morning, and texting the Instacart driver about where the spuds were being held. Next: For whatever reason, the driver chose not to retrieve them, …

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This tiny electric car costs just $22 a month

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The next stage of micromobility is here, and it’s cute as a button. It’s been roughly two years since the scooterpocalypse , when scooter startups shelled our cities with zippy, dangerous, rentable e-scooters, and consumers took the bait—proving that demand for last-mile transportation is real. Read Full Story

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For startups facing extinction, surviving coronavirus is a race against time

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With the global economy on lockdown, the fates of thousands of startups may now depend on something they can’t control: their last injection of cash. There’s no good way to estimate how many startups won’t survive coronavirus, because nobody knows how long the crisis will last. Some companies have been fortunate enough to be in industries that are flourishing during the lockdown, like food delivery, remote work, or telehealth. For the rest, their fate may rest on a factor outside their control: timing. Read Full Story

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‘When can I schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment?’ Why the government can’t answer this simple question

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Operation Warp Speed successfully helped develop a vaccine in record time, but it did not develop a plan for last-mile delivery—and Americans’ lives are at stake. After months of darkness, the nation received a glimmer of light as pictures of frontline workers getting vaccinations hit social media. But that small ray of light is dimming as nearly all states struggle to administer the vaccine with no federally coordinated rollout plan, and faulty technology guiding their efforts. Read Full Story

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Designers turn architectural ruins into gorgeous public plazas

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To save the medieval town of Olot, Spain, architects revive its demolished buildings. The center of the town Olot, Spain, is almost half empty. The slow outward migration of development from the core of this 15 th century Catalonian town 70 miles north of Barcelona has shrunk the population and led to a series of demolitions of aging buildings. To try to stop the town center’s decline, a local architecture office is working with the town council, local organizations, and community members to bring life back into these emptied spaces. Read Full Story

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How food delivery upstarts are fighting the tyranny of Grubhub

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As restaurants turn to food delivery en masse amid the COVID-19 pandemic, smaller startups are rising up to challenge Big Food Delivery’s supremacy. “The pandemic really just crushed us,” says Sean Li, cofounder of CaterCow , a platform that partners with restaurants to deliver big batch buffet-like food options primarily to offices and event spaces across eight major U.S. cities. When most nonessential businesses shut their doors in mid-March and people started working from their living rooms, Li says he saw his business’s revenue “tank by 98% over the course of the week.” Read Full Story

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Optimizing ecommerce & mobile for in-the-moment holiday shopping experiences

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30-second summary: Market conditions have shifted; they’re on a volatility roller coaster ride with an indeterminate amount of track of opportunity. US ecommerce sales in July rose 55% year-over-year (YoY) reaching a record $66.3 billion. 73% of consumers who are shopping online more since the pandemic plan to continue doing so in future. Ready or not, retailers need be planning new ways to deal with demand fluctuations across ecommerce categories now and plan for the holidays. In the face of dramatic shifts in consumer behavior, social distancing recommendations, and no end in sight to the uncertainty and changes in consumer behavior caused by the coronavirus, retailers are finding ecommerce and the mobile shopping experience more important than ever before. In fact, according to new data released from the Adobe Digital Index US ecommerce sales in July rose 55% year-over-year (YoY) reaching a record $66.3 billion. Strategies and technologies in the …

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How electric planes could revolutionize commercial aviation

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The electric plane engine, up to 70% cheaper to operate, is one of Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas honorees for 2020. Last December, a small seaplane soared over Vancouver, marking the world’s first commercial electric flight. For Harbour Air, it was a first step toward its goal of operating an all-electric, zero-carbon fleet. For MagniX, the startup that makes the electric propulsion system inside the plane, it was a turning point. Within a little more than a decade, the company argues, every flight less than 1,000 miles could run on electricity. Here are three potential benefits: Read Full Story

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