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What will ‘fuel the future’ for last-mile logistics?

What will ‘fuel the future’ for last-mile logistics?

The global e-commerce revolution continues to expand to unimaginable figures. According to Forrester, e-commerce grew by 14% in 2017 and the retail market is predicted to continue to soar in Europe, The UK, America and Asia. With figures continuing to rise,there is the looming question, ‘How will retailers continue to meet customers’ demands?’ Last-mile logistics are often the most expensive and time-consuming part of a package’s delivery. Inconsistencies continue to arise with lost packages, or packages left outside a customers’ house. Due to these inconsistencies, there is a demand for GPS tracking on each delivery. Today, very few delivery companies offer the technology that allows customers to track their orders in real-time.


As part of a wider effort to solve the  looming last-mile problem, companies are beginning to seek a solution through the use of robots. Amazon’s patent application was published with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and it refers to “autonomous ground vehicle” that can carry items from a delivery truck to a person’s front door, or even bring them into the customers’ home.  The design also describes a robot that can open garage doors and front doors. This idea may not sit well with many individuals but should continue to grab headlines for the near future. How close is the e-commerce world to a world in which  robots drive alongside cars in traffic and have the keys to unlock the door to people’s homes after climbing a set of porch stairs? This technology warrants a huge amount of time and effort and it seems we are no closer to having robots go the last mile without a human helper watching each move.


Another effort to solve the last-mile problem is the use of drones to deliver packages quickly.  Digital Trends recently reported that drone deliveries had begun in Shangai, in an effort to solve the last-mile problem. However, we are not close to seeing this trend in Ireland due to various issues. It is unlikely important deliveries will be made using drones as the loss or damage to an item would be too great. Clearance is needed for each flight from the Irish Aviation Authority, and to complete a very small drone delivery will require clearance weeks in advance. This technology has yet to be perfected and predictions are it will be a long time before Ireland will see this on the cards.


On paper, it seems the use of robotic technology is the way forward for the last-mile problem. In reality, these technologies need to be tried tested and tried again before trusting robots to handle people’s items.  It may be cost effective and time saving for retailers to use robotics in the long term future.


Courier services are dated back to ancient history, with men delivering packages and messages on foot and horseback.  The use of robotics may seem revolutionary, but what does it mean for couriers within the last-mile industry? People have been receiving packages from humans for thousands of years and as such, they value human to human contact in the last-mile logistic industry.  

See our previous blog ‘How Retailers Can Optimize Their Delivery Services’ here.

WeBringg Hiring Delivery Drivers Auckland

WeBringg Hiring Delivery Drivers Auckland

WeBringg is hiring delivery drivers in Auckland, New Zealand.


Webringg, the #1 Irish award-winning last mile logistic company are looking for delivery drivers in Auckland, New Zealand. Giving drivers in New Zealand the opportunity to set their own hours and only work the hours that suits them. WeBringg are hiring drivers, motorbike riders and cyclists to work for Menulog, New Zealand’s #1 food ordering platform.


Drivers can work nights, weekdays or weekends depending on their needs. If you are interested in topping up your regular income and earning some extra cash, WeBringg gives you the opportunity to do so without interfering with your work or home life by giving you the option to choose what hours and days you work.


Payments are made weekly, so you can start earning cash in no time. With competitive pay offered, making money has never been easier. WeBringg allows drivers to become part of a fun and growing network and meet friends along the way.


WeBringg allows delivery drivers to operate in small pods, meaning you will be allocated a location and will work only from that location, meaning you can maximize income and minimize your fuel costs. We have a team of Driver Liaison Officers who work in your area to ensure you receive all the help you need when joining WeBringg. Our Driver Liaison Office (DLO) will also be there to answer an queries you may have.


If you are interested in working with WeBringg,you can apply online at https://webringg.com/drivers/ and fill out our online form. Successful candidates will be contacted by a member of our staff and can begin working that same day. All you will need to do is download our app, put yourself online and start delivering..simple.


Check out our previous blog here, giving you 6 easy steps to become a delivery driver with WeBringg: https://webringg.com/6-easy-steps-sign-delivery-driver/


WeBringg Holding a Workshop with Phoenix Coaching

WeBringg Holding a Workshop with Phoenix Coaching

David Byrne, from Phoenix Coaching and Consultancy will be holding a workshop with WeBringg.


At WeBringg, we have recently opened up a number of new practices to support wellness at work such as yoga and healthy meals delivered. At the core of every good employee is a great and healthy workplace environment. With the right education, skills, tools and social support, people change behaviours.  These practices are proven to support more productive work. In order for us to increase motivation within the workplace, we will be having a workshop with David Byrne, from Phoenix Coaching and Consultancy on Monday, May 21st. David Byrne is an expert in leading coaching sessions and workshops. Phoenix Coaching and Consultancy hands on approach guarantees a profoundly positive effect on those who take part. Needless to say, we are excited to take part in this workshop and ensure every employee working with WeBringg can point their skills and tools in the right direction, and leave feeling more motivated than ever. ““We are so excited to have David Byrne in the office on Monday. I can’t wait for the team to experience his pzazz.” said Karl Coombes, COO at WeBringg.


Phoenix Coaching and Consultancy specialize in automotive coaching. They are experienced in partnering with clients to deliver measurable results. Their core values are people, process, productivity, performance and profit. David Byrne is highly rated and we very much look forward to his presence in the WeBringg office.


You can check out their website here.

WeBringg wins Aer Lingus TakeOff Foundation Start-Up Awards

WeBringg wins Aer Lingus TakeOff Foundation Start-Up Awards

WeBringg was named winner of the Aer Lingus TakeOff Foundation Start-Up Awards on May 4th 2018. The Aer Lingus TakeOff Foundation teamed up with the Fingal Dublin Chamber and the Local Enterprise Office in Fingal to award three talented business owners the opportunity to expand their reach internationally. The initiative targeted startups based in Fingal who had been trading for over 18 months but for no more than three years.


WeBringg offers retailers, small businesses and restaurant partners same-day delivery with a large team of crowdsourced drivers, turning traditional 2-3 day delivery into 90 minutes. “Aer Lingus wanted to support startups in Fingal,” said Alan Hickey, co-founder of WeBringg, “It was a really interesting category to be in, we had essentially been shortlisted with companies we had been toe to toe with for the last number of months in the IBYE competition.”


The prize package received by each winning start-up consists of a number of European and long-haul international flights with Aer Lingus and a business mentoring with key staff members across a large range of Aer Lingus business departments, along with exposure in the airline’s magazine, Cara. “When you are a globally focused company like WeBringg, you can very quickly underestimate costs and challenges,” said Alan Hickey, “When we heard about the Aer Lingus TakeOff Foundation Start-Up Awards, we were excited at the thought of plugging into key executives in Aer Lingus to help expand WeBringg and the flights will really help us with that process.”


“Aer Lingus is an Irish brand but it’s market is global,” Alan Hickey said, “I think they saw a start-up based in Fingal who has similar global focus but a far earlier stage and I imagine that was one of the winning factors.” WeBringg currently operates in Ireland, The UK, Australia and New Zealand with plans to expand into further countries rapidly. “WeBringg is a total volume game and land grab, we’re not at the races if we are not thinking ‘new city, new city, new city’ all the time which correlates with Aer Lingus.”


Alan Hickey, co-founder and Sean Murray, co-founder of WeBringg will be attending the Mentoring day on June 22nd and the lasting effects of winning in the Start-Up Awards with the TakeOff Foundation for AerLingus have not worn off, “It was truly a great opportunity to win a prize like this and to be associated with Aer Lingus, arguably the largest international company Ireland has ever produced.”


WeBringg have recently been named winner of ‘Best Start-Up Business’ in Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur, you can check out our blog post about it here.  WeBringg have also entered the National Enterprise Awards which will take place on May 25th.

WeBringg Takes Crown for ‘Best Startup’ in IBYE Competition

WeBringg Takes Crown for ‘Best Startup’ in IBYE Competition

WeBringg has been named ‘Best Startup Business’ in Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur 2018 (IBYE) in a competition held by Ireland’s Local Enterprise Office in Google Headquarters  on Sunday the 22nd of April. WeBringg provides businesses with delivery in under 90 minutes and is the first company in Ireland to offer a last-mile solution to small businesses, retailers and large chains by using a team of crowdsourced drivers.


Childhood friends, Alan Hickey and Sean Murray  developed the idea for WeBringg in late 2016 at a party when they were discussing their forgotten wives’ birthday presents. With a resounding yes from peers when asked if they would like if they were offered same-day delivery, Alan and Sean began to build the initial stages for WeBringg.  Today, WeBringg operates in Ireland, The UK, Australia and New Zealand and employs a total of 27 staff members with plans to increase this to 35 by the end of 2018.


“IBYE was the first national award WeBringg have won. We now have national recognition.” Alan Hickey, co-founder of WeBringg said, “To be named ‘Best Start-Up’ in the country, with the calibre of competition we were up against is phenomenal.” WeBringg are assured further opportunities will begin to flood in, since their win on April 22nd. “We found within a couple of days, people were calling us to say ‘wow, well done’.” Alan said, “We always knew we were at the top of our game but now third parties have looked in under the bonnet and have independently said that they also agree.”


The Local Enterprise Office holds the IBYE competition each year with three categories with one overall winner within these categories. The three categories consist of ‘Best New Idea’, ‘Best Start-Up Business’ and ‘Best Established Business’ with WeBringg taking the title for ‘Best Start-Up Business’ of 2018. Conor O’Loughlin was named the overall IBYE winner under the category for ‘Best Established Business’ with his company Glofox, a gym and studio management software. Brendan Boland was named winner of ‘The Best New Idea’ category with his company Loci Orthopaedics, an innovative orthopaedic thumb implant.


Last year, WeBringg had taken place in the 2017 IBYE competition and did not make it past the first regional part of the competition, “We were up against people like Everest Granola and Strong Roots. It showed us what we needed to be.” Alan said. “You have to be robust, the judging panel as a whole is looking for a startup that’s sustainable. We learnt that.”


Why did WeBringg win the 2018 IBYE awards? “I think judges saw that we had come across an opportunity that we were able to exploit and take advantage of here in Ireland as well as overseas.” Alan said, “I know it’s called Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur, but it was never a singular award for us. WeBringg are a team, it didn’t matter what member of staff was up there pitching for the IBYE competition, it was the simple concept of our business.”


What does winning ‘Best Start-Up Business’ in the IBYE competition mean for the future of WeBringg? “We now have something as credible and recognisable as IBYE behind us when we go into meetings or pitches or any opportunity. For us, as a young and innovative company, it was a really good category for us to have been in and won.”


You can check out out previous blog post about the regional competition here: https://webringg.com/webringg-wins-best-start-2017-fingal-ibye-local-awards/


Photo Credit: Mark Stedman


WeBringg Featured in The Biz Plus | April 3rd 2018

WeBringg Featured in The Biz Plus | April 3rd 2018

WeBringg was featured in The Biz Plus on the 3rd of April in the article ‘WeBringg Speeds Up Delivery Of Online Orders.’


The startup uses a team of crowdsourced drivers and cyclists to deliver products from shops and restaurants to online buyers. “We only do same-day and last-mile deliveries,” Hickey explains. “We aren’t inventing an industry — we’re are disrupting one of the oldest.”


WeBringg’s app platform can connect with point-of-sale systems and provides customers with real-time tracking. Revenue is derived from retailer charges. “What the retailer chooses to do by way of charge to the customer is up to them. Our price is based on flat fee and a per kilometre charge after 10km.”


You can read the rest of the article here.


Thank you to the Biz Plus for featuring us.