According to Reuters, FedEx is testing delivery robots with various retail partners in order to slash costs on the most expensive part of a delivery: the last mile to its destination. More info here on how the robot is designed to tackle obstacles.
On average, more than 60 percent of merchants’ customers live within three miles of a store location. FedEx said it is working with its partners, which also include AutoZone Inc and Target Corp, to determine if autonomous delivery to them is a viable option for fast, cheap deliveries.
The “last mile” to the home accounts for 50 percent or more of total package delivery costs. Restaurants pay third-party delivery companies like Uber Eats, DoorDash and GrubHub commissions of 10-30 percent per order.
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