Getting around the Berlin marathon last weekend was at times a painful experience. Especially at an age where I ought to know better. As the song goes, things ain't what they used to be. Take a look at the bigger picture, however, and I'm doing well. Long distance running is one of the few physical activities where humans outperform the rest of the animal kingdom.
Loup Venture co-founder Gene Munster made the claim in a report highlighting eight predictions for the technology industry in 2018. 'Target is the ideal offline partner for Amazon for two reasons, shared demographic and manageable but comprehensive store count,' Munster wrote. Loup Venture co-founder Gene Munster made the claim in a report highlighting eight predictions for the technology industry in 2018. The analyst, best known for his incorrect prediction Apple would make its own TV set, claims the timing of the deal is hard to know. 'Getting the timing on this is difficult, but seeing the value of the combination is easy.' 'Amazon believe's the future of retail is a mix of mostly online and some offline,' Munster wrote.
Computer systems, in particular, hold tremendous potential for scanning and routing mail, allowing post offices to lower costs. Accenture has released a report, entitled "The New Delivery Paradigm," that examines 25 post offices through Europe, the Americas, and Asia-Pacific. For an average post and parcel industry, the analysis reveals that $500 million per year in value is possible through investment in advanced digital technologies. Increased competition and lower demand for mail is placing pressure on many post offices, but new investment could help cut costs, particularly when it comes to handling the so-called "last mile" of delivery. Some of the technologies discussed by Accenture include artificial intelligence, connected vehicles and lockers, digital warehouses, and robotic process automation.
A drone video captured by professional drone operator and photographer Douglas Thron, reportedly before the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a no-fly restriction, showed fire-wrecked Santa Rosa, California on Wednesday where a Postal Services worker was seen dutifully delivering mail to addresses- the delivery van winding its way through rubbles of houses, blackened trees and wrecked remains of cars. The video garnered over 500,000 views on YouTube at the time of publishing this story. According to Mercury News, aerial photographer Thron was shooting a video footage of Coffey Park, a neighborhood that had been ripped apart by the recent fires starting Sunday, when he was surprised to notice the clean, white USPS truck. "It was a trippy thing – he was actually delivering the mail," Thron told the paper. "I was shocked to see him because most of the roads were blocked off, but he obviously had access."
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds--and if the United States Postal Service has its way, the robots won't stop them, either. Yes, the agency you know best for bringing you junk mail addressed to whomever lived in your apartment before you has caught robofever. It plans to put semiautonomous mail trucks into service in just seven years, and it seems to think it can pull off a shift away from human driving without shedding mail carrier jobs. That's all according to the postal service's Office of the Inspector General, which oversees the agency and last week released a report on its plans to work autonomy into its 228,000-vehicle fleet. Those plans are already in motion: The post office has partnered with the University of Michigan to build what it's calling an Autonomous Rural Delivery Vehicle, which it wants to launch on 28,000 rural routes nationwide as early as 2025.
Japan Post Co. said Monday it is considering using drones to move packages between post offices, possibly from next year, due to an increasing shortage of delivery workers. The envisioned project by the mail and package delivery unit of state-owned Japan Post Holdings Co. comes in the wake of e-commerce operator Rakuten Inc. and major parcel delivery provider Yamato Holdings Co. testing drone deliveries, but safety concerns remain about the new delivery method. Japan Post is considering using drones in step with the government's pro-growth plan under which drone use is eyed for parcel delivery in mountainous regions in 2018 and in urban areas in the 2020s. "We are aiming to fly drones between post offices in mountainous areas and remote islands," Japan Post Executive Vice President Seiki Fukuda said at a news conference Monday. In order for drone delivery to be put to practical use, Fukuda said, "how far regulations will be loosened" will be important.
If you receive post in London this month, there's a good chance it arrived to your door via an electric postal truck. Royal Mail is trialling nine British-made fully electric commercial vehicles this month, transporting packages between mail and distribution centres in the capital. The firm hopes that the trial will increase Royal Mail's efficiency, and reduce vehicle emissions. While the trucks will have human drivers, they are'autonomous-ready', which suggests that Royal Mail deliveries could one day be made by driverless vehicles. However, Royal Mail says it has'no current plans' to roll out the technology.