Happy Monday! We will give you a quick media summary of e-Commerce logistics news in the previous week.
1. Logistics Updates
Royal Mail's latest moves
BBC wrote that Royal Mail has reported a near 15% fall in half-year profits with revenues little-changed across its business. Royal Mail reported adjusted pre-tax profit of £240m against £287m a year earlier. Royal Mail’s CEO Moya Greene noted a few key initiatives to deal with the competitive market:
- Extending our Local Collect network to our Enquiry Offices to Enquiry Offices
- Extended acceptance times for our Royal Mail Tracked 48 parcel delivery service
- secured a stake in Market Engine, an online marketplace specialist that integrates the world’s largest e-commerce sites.
Post & Parcel also noted Royal Mail is buying eCourier a same-day delivery company.
Amazon and Google expand on-demand shipping for holiday shopping
Amazon will extend its Prime Now program to San Diego and Nashville. And Amazon now offers 1-hour delivery to Prime Now subscribers. Two-hour delivery is free, but one-hour delivery costs $7.99.
Google Express, a service similar to Postmates and Instacart, also announces that they will offer next day shipping across much of Southern California, including Los Angeles, San Diego, and Orange County. Previously it only supported New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, and Washington D.C..
Uber to be legalised in NSW, Australia
It is for sure controversial whether Uber or similar services should be legalized...well, Australia government makes a bold move.
Uber drivers would be required to pay a licence fee, while taxi drivers would receive compensation for losing exclusivity.
In another note, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick revealed 3 interesting numbers at a Salesforce interview:
- 50%: Kalanick said that at least 50% of the drivers who will use Uber this week will work less than 10 hours.
- 4,000 employees
- 100,000: UberPool is attracting at least 100,000 rides a week in every active city
2. e-Commerce Updates
With more KickStarter projects got abandoned or having delay in production, different media reported about the so-called failure cases:
- Quartz wrote about Zano: After raising $3.6 million, Europe’s most successful Kickstarter project has folded
- KickStarter wrote about Coolest Cooler
Do read the response of the TechCrunch article which many readers disagree with the author's view.