Growth of E-Commerce causing a stir among Irelands traditional couriers

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Back in January of 2017, Pony Express Couriers made what has been hailed as Ireland’s first drone delivery. After obtaining clearance from the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) to make the delivery, the package of medical supplies was successfully delivered to a boat moored 200 meters off the shore in Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

 

Executives of Pony Express have cautioned that it may be some time before widespread commercial drone delivery services will be active in ireland, as “Important city deliveries such as the majority of our same-day express services could not be trusted to drones yet as the possibility of interception, loss or damage would be too great” said Audrey Browne, operations manager of Pony Express.

 

 

Image of ‘Pony Express Couriers’ DJI Inspire 1 drone delivering a package to a boat moored in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Image credit:  Independent.ie
An "Urban Eco Package Hub" has been launched by delivery firm UPS in order to reduce congestion concerns, take delivery vans off the road and reduce pollution. Image Credit: edie.net

Logistics Report: Increased pressure on businesses and courier services in 2018

This surge in online retail has set off an arms race in logistics as both international and local retailers become more reliant on transport and distribution networks to deliver their products to customers, according to analysis by AIB.

AIB’s Transport and Logistics Outlook report focuses on the impact of E-commerce and retail on the logistics sector, with data obtained from spending data on AIB credit and debit cards. February 2017 to February 2018 showed a 25% increase in the quantity in online retail transactions with Dublin alone counting for 30% of the countries online purchases.

Delivery hubs to tackle congestion and delivery van journeys

UPS has been working on this ‘last mile delivery hub’ model for a number of years. Back as early as June 2017 a locally-designed container was placed on Wolfe Tone Street to support package couriers journeys made by foot, bike and electrically-assisted vehicles in Dublin. These mini distribution centres help to ease the demand for vans travelling through the city each day.

An "Urban Eco Package Hub" has been launched by delivery firm UPS in order to reduce congestion concerns, take delivery vans off the road and reduce pollution. Image Credit: edie.net
Dublin City Traffic

UPS Ireland’s country manager Andy Smith has weighed in on the topic, stating that “As one of Europe’s fastest growing cities, Dublin is going through an exciting period of change – but one that also comes with challenges of congestion and air quality.

Dublin’s Chamber of Commerce has estimated that as many as 500,000 people travel within the city every day, which is expected to rise byanother 234,000 commuters by 2023.

The head of technical services in the Dublin City Council, Brendan O’ Brien has said “This pilot project gives an excellent collaboration opportunity between UPS and Dublin City Council to reduce the number of goods vehicles on the city streets, reduce congestion and improve the urban environment with less emissions, noise, and damage to roadways. The outcome of this pilot project will inform freight delivery practices in the city.

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