Could the Future of eCommerce Delivery Lie Underground?
Ask anyone in the eCommerce delivery industry about the future of shipping and logistics and they are likely to all give you the same answer: drones. As Amazon’s drone testing picks up pace, drones are becoming less of a pipe dream and more of a reality for eCommerce customers. In fact, Amazon have even started rolling out drone parcel delivery services in America, and have launched a new website for the scheme, called Amazon Prime Air.
But what if the future of eCommerce delivery takes a different route? What if instead of concentrating on the skies, we should be looking for options underground? That’s exactly what shipping logistics company Mole Solutions are doing right now with their new eCommerce delivery system, the ‘Mole’. The Mole is an underground shipping system, and is essentially an electronic train that runs on a Maglev system. It would deliver parcels and post to addresses through an underground network of train tracks, much like the London Underground, or the Post Office Underground Railway system, which closed in 2003. At the moment, the system is being trialled for use in delivering large quantities of goods to suppliers and businesses, but the founders hope that one day it could also be used for delivering single packages to domestic properties.
The chairman of Mole Solutions, Roger Miles, who previously worked as a chain supply analyst at Esso, said that the Mole is the natural development of delivery solutions in our increasingly congested world. He said that: “Congestion is a global issue and we could take a significant volume of traffic off the roads, not just in the UK but in countries like China and India. The bounds of this are limitless” (Source: Tamebay). He compared the Mole system to plumbing and sewer pipes, which take dirty water away and provide clean water without the user even realising – he thinks that the Mole could provide a similar service, but for eCommerce delivery and shipping. The Mole should be trialling in Northampton very soon, with a view to trials in other urban areas soon after.