Re: [xTransit] clever logistics - neighborhood goods drops
On 6 Jan 2006, at 04:21, steveraneyc21 wrote:
> Here's another attempt to refine the xTransit charter. Does looking
> at the processes that people undertake and developing clever
> logistical solutions fall under the scope of xTransit? There's merit
> for re-inventing some of the processes we undertake, in a manner that
> is competitive with current experience. This won't always lead to a
> techno-solution, rather this is a customer-centered and solution-
> centered approach.
> 6. E-Docks
> Have you ever had a note from FedEx or UPS on your door, saying they
> tried to deliver a package when you weren't home? That was a wasted
> trip for the delivery vehicle. Worse yet, it also requires you to then
> make another trip to their central facility to retrieve the package.
...or make them come back - or stop them in the street and demand to
know where your parcel is (as I did once).
> With E-Docks, the delivery companies make one stop per
> neighborhood. Someone is always there to sign for your packages, which
> you then pick up at your convenience (for less cost than home
> delivery). Four new E-Dock concepts are being tested now in
> California. A bank of automated locker boxes have been placed in
> select transit stations. Commuters can exit the train at their station
> and proceed to their locker box for their packages. The locker's
> number and combination has been e-mailed to them by the delivery
> company, earlier in the day.
I think there are parallels... I can't remember off hand where this
came from, but there was a proposal to deliver parcels to the local
Post Office (walking distance for most urban residents in the UK)
rather than to peoples' houses. This would not make sense now, as I
think somewhere around half of all UK Post Offices have either closed
or are about to, meaning many villages have lost theirs and sometimes
long trips even for urban dwellers.
The Californian train station concept sounds interesting... it makes
me think of the former British Rail Red Star service where you
dropped a parcel at a train station for same day delivery, and it
arrived at the destination station, or was taken to the addressee by
local courier from there. Unfortunately it could not compete against
door to door services and the infrastructure was removed. Most main
train stations in towns and large suburbs had a Red Star counter next
to the ticket office or round the back.
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