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Special Delivery: Four Fresh Ways to Ship Your Package

Special Delivery: Four Fresh Ways to Ship Your Package
Jackie De Pape Hornick

It usually goes something like this: you buy something awesome online and finally the day comes when you open your mailbox and the package is there or your doorbell rings and a friendly delivery person hands you your package. But, with IBM Digital Analytics reporting that online sales are up 17.5% over last year, how are delivery providers managing to deliver all those packages? Turns out they have their thinking caps on and have some smart, innovative ideas.

Amazon Prime AirAmazon Prime Air

“Honey, the drone is here with your package.” It’s still a few years away, but Amazon recently announced that their research team is working on Prime Air, a new way of delivering packages that would see your online order arrive in 30 minutes or less like a local pizza delivery joint. How could they accomplish such a feat? The delivery would come from the sky via an “unmanned aerial vehicle”, which we also know as drones. Imagine the packages that could be falling from the sky in future holiday seasons.

Groupon Catapult

Groupon used Amazon’s drone announcement as their opportunity to plug their great deals by posting a mock video announcement on YouTube saying that they will soon use catapults for package delivery. The video scoffs at “risky, experimental, new methods of package delivery” and says they choose catapults as a trustworthy, centuries-old source for package delivery. While I don’t think you need to worry about a catapult launching your book order at the door of your house, Groupon for a day had everyone imagining what it would be like.


Digital Delivery

You’ve done a pile of online shopping (your credit card bill and inbox full of confirmation emails can prove it), but where are all the things you bought? No really, where are they? You don’t have to wait for them to arrive, because you already have them. Digital delivery is one of the latest and greatest methods of delivery, whether you’re buying something for yourself or a gift for someone else. Maybe it’s downloadable movies, albums or TV shoes, maybe it’s a Netflix subscription or maybe it is one of many iTunes gift items from Apple. Whatever it is, you won’t be given a tracking number and check the link repeatedly to watch your package travel across the states. You’ll have what you need right away.

Personal Couriersix doors

Once again, “there’s an app for that” proves to be a true phrase. With Task Rabbit, you can name your price and have someone shop for you and delivery the item to your home. Folks in San Francisco are extra lucky as they can try Google Shopping Express or SixDoors to have same-day delivery from local stores they love. Knowing how much people love to shop online, SixDoors is the smart cookie trying to keep those online dollars in the local area but still give shoppers the ease and convenience of home shopping. 

Of course, the old standbys like USPS, UPS and FedEx are still reliable couriers and will be delivering most (if not all) of your packages for the foreseeable future. You can choose Express, Next Day Air, Parcel Post and countless other options for receiving your packages – and wait for the doorbell to ring.


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