The journey is becoming faster and faster. Package deliveries within the shortest possible time, have become one of the main topics in logistics no later than with the well-known e-commerce platforms such as Amazon and Zalando. Average delivery times of less than 2 days and record times of 60 minutes for deliveries, change the client's expectations dramatically and call for trendsetting decisions on the side of the e-commerce industry.
How do customers benefit from same-day package delivery?
In comparison to the conventional carriers such as Hermes or DPD, Same-Day Delivery (SDD) couriers deliver much faster and customer-oriented. Deliveries within a maximum of 24 hours and in the evening time windows (e.g. between 19 and 21 o'clock) or to request time to allow the customer to accept goods personally, then when you are at home.
What approaches are there?
In the basic form, shops in the city-location with warehousing are the source of which the goods are delivered directly to the receiver (point-to-point). The best-known examples of this type of Same-Day Delivery are MediaMarkt and Saturn, which deliver within 3 hours from their city outlets. Prices start at €14,95 per delivery.
The second Same-Day Delivery approach is supported by ad-hoc warehouses within the city, to bring the goods closer to the customer and cover the delivery by city couriers. Amazon is a good example with its city warehousing, among others in Berlin, Paris and London. Here the most popular articles will be delivered within two hours – and at zero cost.
The last approach is the nationwide delivery. For this purpose, serving warehouses or central storages in a wider radius (up to 500 km) of cities. Shipments are transported by trucks and delivery vans into the metropole around noon and from there are delivered via city-couriers on the same day or within the desired time window. notebookbilliger.de and Zalando are the most well-known providers of this variant. sennder has been focused on the Same-Day delivery from central warehouses in order to make this option accessible to all e-commerce providers.
Strong growth will lead to Same-Day delivery volumes of up to €3 billion in 2020
Amazon Germany has started with same-day package delivery in 2015. Today, more than 9,500 packages are delivered the same day in Germany – above all from Amazon, followed by Zalando and notebooksbillger.de. According to McKinsey, the market will grow by 72% per year and the volume will thereby jump from €200 million in the year 2015 to over €3 billion in 2020.
It is the major e-commerce platforms on the one side that drive the development of the new logistics without primarily keeping an eye on the costs. Smaller e-commerce platforms will follow soon, as soon as the costs will decrease due to network effects. However, the innovations in the field show the direction in which the e-commerce shipping will develop. Delivery robots, new package stations, and even drones are now a realistic possibility. Interesting times lie ahead of us – sennder makes Same-Day Delivery in major European cities and Metropolitan areas possible today, already!