Blast From the Dot-Bomb Past | Inc.com

Using a mobile device? Go to m.inc.com for our mobile version.

 | 

Jun 27, 2013

Author Minda Zetlin looks at new same-day delivery services.

package, packing box closeup

Jamie Lockey/Flickr

Same-day delivery services (think Webvan and Kozmo) crashed and burned in 2001. But a new crop of start-ups claims this time is different. 

Why It Might Work

Today’s GPS-enabled smartphones can track couriers and goods much more efficiently. More important, fleets of vehicles and professional drivers are no longer required. Start-ups such as Deliv and Postmates crowdsource that work to a pool of vetted part-time drivers.

“That’s the disruption,” says Daphne Carmeli, CEO of Deliv, which is running a pilot in San Francisco and Chicago in which retailers foot the delivery bill. Postmates, in San Francisco, Seattle, and New York City, charges consumers $6.99 and up for within-the-hour delivery.

Why It Could Flop… Again

The competition is stiff: Amazon, Walmart, eBay, and Google all either are in the game already or will be soon. To survive, start-ups must deliver reliably (no easy task) at a price consumers will accept–$5 to $10, says Kris Bjorson, a retail expert at consulting firm Jones Lang LaSalle.

Source: Blast From the Dot-Bomb Past

  

What do you think? Add a Comment:

comments

Be sociable, share the knowledge!
  • Who Says Science Degrees Pay Better?
    Who Says Science Degrees Pay Better?
  • Why Entrepreneurs Should Look to Kids for Guidance
    Why Entrepreneurs Should Look to Kids for Guidance
  • This Is the Key to Building Emotional Intelligence
    This Is the Key to Building Emotional Intelligence

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>