Who does not want their online purchases to be delivered in a rocket speed? How many times have you wished for a pair of shoes to arrive just in time for your prom and…in fact, after a long wait, you turned up with your old boring heels and those new shoes missed the incredible event!!!
I mean the days, weeks or even months we all have to wait till the deliveryman hits the doorbell is so endless. Until 2009, there it came a solution – Shutl. Over 6 years of operation, Shutl expands and grows rapidly from London to the offshore markets.
Shutl is a same-day delivery service, which connects online retailers, shoppers, street-level businesses and independent package couriers. The system works best in urban areas where consumers and suppliers are ten miles away from each other. Shutl appears on the retailer’s shopping cart as a delivery option rather than locating itself on a separate website destination. An algorithm is then used to reallocate each delivery to the optimal courier for that specific task. This service has been best known for performing delivery tasks within 90 minutes or less.
Via the aid of Global Positioning System (GPS), shoppers easily keep track with the delivery progress from stores to their desired destinations in real time. Through such lean operations and smart software, Shutl prices are believed to be brought down to a comparable extent with the traditional fulfillment services.
Shutl was first serving Londonders only. After a while experiencing the initial rate of 50 percent month on month, the service was expanded dramatically. From GBP 500k of venture capital invested in 2009, after only 3 years of operation, Shutl received another $2 million investment from UPS Strategic Enterprise Funds, which had then been roared to $7.9 million by the French post office – La Poste.
The awaiting time is now minimised if we ever click the button choosing Shutl as a delivery option.
As the ultimate generation of online shoppers, we will no longer have to put ourselves in positions where we have to wait and taking the risks of not having the wanted items for particular events.