Shipping

  • Amazon drops its free shipping minimum to $25, undercutting Walmart

    Amazon drops its free shipping minimum to $25, undercutting Walmart

    Amazon is fighting back against Walmart by dropping its free shipping minimum requirement down to $25. The move comes after a number of challenges by Walmart, including the added support for free two-day shipping on orders under $35 with no membership required, announced in January, and the more recent rollout of a new program called “Pickup Discount” that offers lowers prices if… Read More

  • Logistics startup Freightos lands $25 million in funding from GE Ventures

    Logistics startup Freightos lands $25 million in funding from GE Ventures

    Freightos, a startup that wants to digitize more of the international logistics process, announced today that it has raised a $25 million Series B extension round led by GE Ventures, General Electrics’ venture capital arm. Read More

  • Steering into shipping’s economic headwinds, Shipamax pitches new efficiencies

    Steering into shipping’s economic headwinds, Shipamax pitches new efficiencies

    A forecast showing a market that’s complex and cratering would dissuade most entrepreneurs from entering, but for Jenna Brown and Fabian Blaicher, the two founders of Shipamax, the bulk shipping industry’s pains could be their gain. Read More

  • BuildDirect opens its freight-shipping platform

    BuildDirect opens its freight-shipping platform

    BuildDirect has developed a name for itself as an online store for home improvement products. One issue with selling these products online is that you also must build a logistics backend that allows you to ship heavy items to the customer. BuildDirect did just that. Read More

  • Walmart launches free, 2-day shipping without a membership on purchases of $35 or more

    Walmart launches free, 2-day shipping without a membership on purchases of $35 or more

    Walmart has just issued its strongest response to the growing Amazon threat, since its acquisition of e-commerce newcomer Jet.com last summer. Starting today, Walmart will begin offering free, two-day shipping on over 2 million items, with no need for a membership fee. The range of items will include “everyday essentials,” like household products, baby needs, pet supplies… Read More

  • Roadie is like Uber for shipping

    Roadie is like Uber for shipping

    “Someone is always leaving everywhere”: that’s the idea behind Roadie, a peer-to-peer package delivery service launched last year by Marc Gorlin. There are something like 250 million vehicles on the road every day, Gorlin said, so he decided to take advantage of this resource by allowing people to help their neighbors out by driving things to places they’re already… Read More

  • How DHL Pioneered The Sharing Economy Crunch Network

    How DHL Pioneered The Sharing Economy

    DHL, the international express delivery company, started its business by offering free plane tickets to people on the street. For the trouble of giving up their baggage allowances, passengers were handed a free round trip plane ticket to Hawaii. Founded as a courier service in 1969, DHL used the spare capacity in travelers’ luggage to transport high value documents. To understand why it… Read More

  • Shypmate Pays Travelers To Bring Products To Ghana And Nigeria

    Shypmate Pays Travelers To Bring Products To Ghana And Nigeria

    Shypmate, which is part of Y Combinator’s Winter 2016 batch, is a quick, low-cost international shipping solution that relies on everyday people to transport items from the U.S. to Ghana and Nigeria. Why Ghana and Nigeria? Well, the founding team (pictured above) has members from both Ghana and Nigeria — two African markets they’re familiar with and have a need for this kind… Read More

  • Logistics Is Sexy

    Convincing people that the development of the logistics industry is a scintillating topic is difficult. I mean, just look at this stock photo. The artist had to layer together at least five (possibly seven) pictures to make a single image about logistics even somewhat interesting. But logistics don’t just go round the world—it also makes the world go round. Read More

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