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their logistics partners have been racing to develop more efficient processes with experimental supply chain models like crowdsourced delivery — the Uber model in which customers use mobile apps to connect directly with local couriers for on-demand or same-day fulfillment.
This year Amazon not only launched its own shipping service to deliver packages for other businesses ("Shipping with Amazon") but also announced its "Delivery Service Partner" program, which provides capital incentives for people to launch their own delivery companies fulfilling orders on behalf of Amazon itself. And it's not just startups like Deliv and Postmates getting in on the action.
The uptick will be largely catalyzed by the emergence of the newest headset form factor, stand-alone VR headsets, which address some of the biggest pain points that have prohibited mainstream consumers from adopting VR. The virtual reality (VR) market is expected to rally after seeing slow growth from 2016 to 2017.
While only a handful of stand-alone VR headsets will hit the market in 2018, they mark the biggest step toward mainstream adoption of consumer-oriented VR headsets by making the technology more accessible for the average consumer.
If they can get it right, tracking is a twofold advantage for delivery companies; it entices consumers who want to know when their packages are coming, and it appeals to merchant partners who might be willing to switch delivery service providers for the added visibility and customer benefit.
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Assesses how at risk these providers are to new challengers entering the space. Shares strategies on how delivery companies can achieve feature parity and, ideally, differentiation, in customer experience. So, which delivery features do consumers care about? Uses proprietary consumer survey data to evaluate how the largest delivery companies in the US stack up on customer service, package tracking, package protection, and timeliness of delivery.
This is just a snapshot of the Business Insider Intelligence 2018 Delivery Trust Report, which compiles the complete survey findings to dive deeper into the opportunities delivery companies have to engage and delight customers.
In full, the report: Declining price points, coupled with high-quality headsets and the introduction of a game-changing app, are crucial for the VR industry to achieve before VR can really gain traction on a global scale.
On one hand, the price point needs to be affordable for most consumers, and on the other, the experience has to be distinctive and immersive enough to convince a consumer to strap a visor to their face on a regular basis. The VR hardware market is volatile because getting a device right is a balancing act.
Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, has obtained exclusive survey data to paint the 2018 delivery landscape and the trends of its major players. The findings comprise the team's latest Enterprise Edge Report, The 2018 Delivery Trust Report, and give transportation, supply chain, and logistics companies the tools they'll need to win back customers.
Additionally, it features in-unit processing
that frees the VR headset from wires. The first major stand-alone headset, the Vive Focus from HTC, was launched in January of this year, and more from other major companies like Oculus and Google are expected to follow over the next six months. This new form factor is more affordable than cost-prohibitive high-end headsets and more capable than its smartphone-powered counterparts.
These companies need to earn the trust of consumers. But it will take more than just material resources or a large fleet of vehicles to truly compete. With emerging delivery models like these aggressively stealing away customers, the pressure is on for legacy players like FedEx, UPS, the USPS, and the thousands of businesses who depend on them every day, to respond.
The transportation and logistics industry is undergoing a massive shift as a result of surging deliveries. Daily parcel volumes are higher than ever before — but so are customers' expectations for cheap and fast fulfillment.
Whether it means using mobile apps, SMS texting, or chatbots to communicate with customers, there's plenty of opportunity for logistics companies to hone and become known for this feature. And the field is still wide open for companies to differentiate on this feature. Among those who had a package delivered from UPS, FedEx, USPS, or DHL in the last year, nearly 30% of Business Insider Intelligence survey respondents couldn't actually say which company offered the best tracking features.