Hermes Germany has concluded the first, six-month test phase of package delivery with robots by Estonia’s Starship Technologies, a press release said Thursday. Hermes had tested returns and package collection in the suburbs of Ottensen, Grindel and Volksdorf in Hamburg. By late March, the robots had gone on around 600 tours and covered over 3,500 kilometres. “During the initial test phase, our main goal was to gain experience with the new delivery concept,” said Roger Hillen-Pasedag, Division Manager Strategy & Innovation at Hermes Germany. The co-operation with Starship is ongoing and new possible applications are being examined at present.
Pioneers of autonomous delivery solutions
Meanwhile, Hermes UK is planning a trial of the Starship robot in London which will see the robots take to the streets of Southwark to collect parcels in a limited number of 30-minute collection slots. Carole Woodhead, CEO of Hermes UK, has welcomed the upcoming trial and noted: “Starship Technologies is a real pioneer in the field of autonomous delivery solutions. So, I am all the more pleased to use this know-how for Hermes in Britain. The other tests have already shown that the Starship robot has the potential to revolutionise parcel deliveries.”
Hermes relying on innovation drivers for same day delivery
Hermes, which is based in Hamburg, is also co-operating with other start-ups. Last month, the company which is part of the Otto Group, acquired a majority share in the Liefery service and technology platform as part of a capital increase. Liefery, based in Neu-Isenburg in the state of Hesse, delivers online and offline orders and promises same-day-delivery “within 90 minutes or at a desired time”, according to the web page. Liefery also services Amazon, Zalando, Gravis und Depot and diverse retailers in over 60 cities across Germany and Austria.
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