You’ve probably had a similar experience to me. In my little street in Sussex, the Royal Mail parcel van comes by earlyish (about 8am) and at some point later in the morning (about 11) we have the postie with letters and more parcels. The courier firms aren’t far behind.
I think the two ladies who come by around noon in their parcel-laden clapped out estate are from myHermes. And then the very grumpy lad from Eastern Europe, bless his heart, who delivers from Yodel can often be seen coming by more than once a day (which I never understand because it makes more sense to come by once) and there are the fast and furious delivery lads who from Amazon (even on a Sunday) who don’t even stop for breath. You can scarcely see them because they move so fast.
The point being: even in my little street (no more than 15 houses) we have multiple deliveries a day from multiple carriers and couriers. This is plainly absurd. Why don’t the various firms team up for delivery to be more efficient and hopefully improve margins? And that seems to be exactly what they’re finally doing, especially in London. It’s a big problem in the capital: apparently in 2012 vans drove 3.8bn kilometres on London’s roads and yet in 2015 the figure had increased to 4.2bn. Goodness knows how much worse it has since become.
A report from the Economist has been published talking about ‘pooled delivery’. And as they note: “companies are beginning to pool their orders. Regent Street in the West End of London has cut delivery traffic by almost 80% since firms there started combining deliveries in 2008, using a company called Clipper Logistics. This in turn reduces congestion and air pollution. Camden council reckons that its scheme cut carbon-dioxide emissions in the borough by almost 3,000kg last year.”
It makes perfect sense, and should also boost the sometimes minuscule margins for courier firms if they team up for that final mile of delivery. And it’s also good for carbon emissions. More please.