In shipping, the last mile is the final step in the supply chain to the ultimate destination, which is often a customer’s home. This step represents the biggest logistical hurdle as well as the most expensive for suppliers.

Meanwhile, customers expect on-demand, same day deliveries. This shift means that traditional delivery companies need to innovate to stay relevant. That’s where startups and nimble enterprises willing to experiment are coming in to help with the local, last mile transport of goods, or even to circumvent traditional routes altogether.

Given the proliferation of the sharing economy recently, it’s no surprise that this innovation—think Uber and the like—is spilling over into the shipping supply chain. Although goods can now be delivered cheaply and efficiently right to consumer doorsteps via the sharing economy, though, we should still ask what is being lost.

Concerns over the sharing economy apply here, too, after all. No longer is a traditional supplier responsible for the shipping process from start to finish. They’re cutting loose the last mile to individuals with cars. And most of the time, they don’t offer the drivers benefits nor provide liability protection in case a package is lost.

Nevertheless, the trend cannot be denied and is likely to grow. Here are some of the relevant shipping and last mile innovators right now:

Amazon plus Uber
Amazon plus Uber

Amazon is beta testing delivering packages via Uber. In this scenario, Amazon pays the drivers an average of $7/package, which is a fair bit cheaper than traditional shipping companies (US Postal Service, UPS) can offer—after all, they have to factor employee benefits and liability into their rates.

Roadie
Roadie

Roadie connects drivers willing to deliver a package for a small fee with those in need of sending something quickly. They recently partnered with Waffle House restaurants, which will promote the app and serve as official meet-up spots where drivers and senders can exchange the shipment.

Deliv
Deliv

Deliv is an app for same-day delivery directly from retailers to customers. When checking out, a customer simply chooses same day delivery and a notice is sent to a driver, who then picks up the item right at the store. And customers can track their packages in real-time.

In comparison to Roadie, where driver and sender are individuals, here the senders are retail outlets.

Shyp
Shyp

No need to buy boxes, wrapping paper, labels, or even wait in the line at the post office anymore. With Shyp, the sender takes a picture of their shipment and enters the destination. Shyp then comes to the sender to pick up the package and takes care of all the remaining details.

Postmates
Postmates

Postmates

Similar to Deliv, Postmates will deliver pretty much whatever you need from stores that don’t have a delivery system—everything from food to prescriptions to electronics. It’s also helpful for merchants and small firms that can’t afford their own delivery fleet.

PiggyBee

PiggyBee connects people who are travelling and willing to take a shipment them, with people who need something to be transported from A to Z. It lists upcoming trips and requests to help people connect and hand-off packages to be transported.

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Nimber
Nimber

Nimber is a crowd-focused bidding platform where you can post shipping requests and decide whose fee, route, and dates are most convenient and in line with your needs.

Cargomatic
Cargomatic

Have something really big to ship? Cargomatic gives you real-time visibility of the semi trucks near you with extra space in their cargo containers.

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