Experts Tackle Design Considerations for Urban Delivery Needs

Panelists Hisham Jashami (top left) and Edward McCormack (top right) and host Cole Kopca Clockwise from top left, panelists Hisham Jashami and Edward McCormack, along with moderator Cole Kopca. (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

Despite the ongoing popularity of online shopping, there is a dearth of “design support” for urban delivery needs, according to Edward McCormack, research associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Washington.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 16, 2021
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

USPS Grapples With Financial Crisis as Mail Delays Continue

USPS trucks sit parked behind a post office in New Jersey on in January. USPS trucks sit parked behind a post office in New Jersey on in January. For many in the U.S. this year, USPS delivery delays have grown increasingly severe. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

Earlier this month, local letter carriers were told to delay delivering mail in order to save money for the United States Postal Service, a direction that apparently came from top federal officials to mail carriers throughout the country.

Kate Snyder | The Blade (Toledo, Ohio)
July 29, 2020
Business, Logistics

Instacart Doubled Workforce in a Month

The logo for the Instacart application is displayed on an iPhone. (Gabby Jones/Bloomberg News)

Instacart Inc. more than doubled the number of people who pick and deliver groceries to customers over the past few weeks and said it will add an additional 250,000 in the next two months, a response to unprecedented demand for the service.

Lizette Chapman | Bloomberg News
April 23, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

California DMV OKs Light-Duty Autonomous Delivery Vehicles

Interstate 5 in San Diego County, Calif. Interstate 5 in northern San Diego County, Calif. The state's DMV approved the testing and commercial use of autonomous delivery vehicles on public roads. (Getty Images)

California has authorized the testing and commercial use of light-duty autonomous delivery vehicles on public roads.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 2, 2020
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Pizza Delivery in Snow No Problem With Yandex Delivery Robot

Uber Eats sign Yandex's robot will deliver meals ordered via Yandex Eats, a food-delivery app, part of a joint venture with Uber Technologies. (Lee Jin-man/Associated Press)

Yandex NV, Russia’s largest internet company, is rolling out a suitcase-sized robot that will attempt to deliver take-out despite Moscow’s winter snowstorms.

Ilya Khrennikov | Bloomberg News
November 7, 2019
Business, Logistics

Walmart Rolls Out Grocery Delivery Subscription

Walmart employee fulfills an online order Walmart associate Alicia Carter fulfills online grocery orders at a store in Houston, on Nov. 9, 2018. (Associated Press/David J. Phillip)

NEW YORK — Walmart is rolling out a grocery delivery subscription service this fall as it races to gain an advantage in the competitive fresh food business.

Anne D’Innocenzio | Associated Press
September 12, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

H-E-B to Test Driverless Delivery Service in Texas


Texas retailer H-E-B will be implementing a self-driving vehicle for delivery service in San Antonio this year. H-E-B will use one autonomous van with driverless technology to serve customers near Olmos Park for a store location just north of downtown.

Victor Ren | American Statesman Austin, Texas
July 12, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Domino’s Brings Self-Driving Pizza Delivery Pilot to Houston

Domino's Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

Domino’s Pizza Inc. plans to test unmanned pizza delivery in Houston later this year. The chain, known as a technology leader in the restaurant industry, is teaming with Nuro, a Bay Area robotics startup run by two former Google employees.

June 17, 2019
Business, Logistics

Nestle US Unit to Cut 4,000 Jobs by Stopping Direct-to-Store Delivery

Nestle Adrian Moser/Associated Press

Nestle SA’s U.S. unit will lay off about 4,000 workers as it stops delivering frozen pizza and ice cream directly to stores and instead transitions to a warehouse model that’s becoming an industry standard for major food companies looking to trim costs.

Deena Shanker | Bloomberg News
May 7, 2019
Business, Logistics

Amazon One-Day Shipping Lifts Startups Serving Retailer’s Competition

Amazon Amazon delivery van (Kirsten Leah Bitzer/Bloomberg News)

Amazon's pledge last month to pump $800 million into making next-day delivery the new standard upped the pressure on its brick-and-mortar rivals to spend more trying to catch up all over again.

Spencer Soper | Bloomberg News
May 7, 2019