From e-commerce logistics to urban fulfillment, we map 50+ startups shaping last-mile delivery globally.
Last-mile delivery is becoming a critical capability for brick-and-mortar businesses. The last week has put this into sharp relief, as cities implement drastic measures, such as take-out only at bars and restaurants, to contain the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
Last-mile delivery startups can offer delivery solutions for scrambling restaurants. In addition, while grocers remain open, those with a tech-enabled delivery infrastructure have a major advantage.
Many of these startups have already made regulatory and commercial headway.
Ireland-based drone delivery startup Manna recently announced partnerships with food delivery giant Just Eat, ice cream brand Ben & Jerry’s, and restaurant Camile Thai to begin commercially testing food delivery via drone in Dublin.
Earlier in February, autonomous delivery startup Nuro became the first company to gain approval from the US Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to operate its driverless last-mile delivery vehicle. Specifically, Nuro will be able to launch up to 5,000 of its vehicles across the US, the first of which it plans to deploy in Houston.
Beyond autonomous vehicles, a global ecosystem of startups is transforming last-mile delivery through delivery management platforms, route optimization technology, urban fulfillment solutions, and more.