Scout: More innovations in logistics!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

If you thought that drones were a great idea, now a big eCommerce company has small robots that walk the streets distributing the packages you request through their portal.

That’s right!, Amazon is experimenting with delivery robots, starting with a little one called Scout that goes through the sidewalks in the state of Washington. These robots are like little trucks with box of shelter of packages.

At the moment they are in trial period, six of the autonomous electric trucks will deliver packages “on foot” in the county of Snohomish. These robots only operate during the day, and in this period they are accompanied by an employee verifying that everything works.

The robots were developed as an alternative to deliveries, they created Amazon scout in their research laboratory in Seattle and according to the company’s vice president, Sean Scott, the paramount was to ensure that devices can navigate safely and efficiently around pets , pedestrians and anything else that gets in their way.

This Scout has the function that when facing the customer who is looking to recover their package, it automatically rises with a lid. There are still no public details of exactly how the whole issue will work, nor what happens if the client is not at the time of delivery, but we know that they will inform soon.

And this company will not be alone in making such innovative deliveries as robotics firm Starship Technologies has also just announced a fleet of two dozen autonomous robots that will deliver coffee and pizza to college students in Virginia. Like uber eats robots can be requested through an application to deliver products through the campus of George Mason University.

San Francisco has already had delivery robots on the streets for several years, with new technology companies, such as Marble and Starship leading the way on the issue, however there has been a negative reaction, as some live there describing the robots as a threat and questioning how safe it was to share the pavements with them.

In 2017, the city’s supervisor, Norman Yee, introduced legislation to restrict its use, including limiting the number of permits issued to three per company and the requirement that delivery robots only operate within certain neighborhoods. They must also be accompanied by a human at all times.

All change takes a process of adaptation for the people who live it, but undoubtedly the changes for the improvement are here to stay, and let’s hope so be the case of these small robots that seek to speed up the delivery of the many packages that are ordered daily .

In Mexico, the picture may not be the same since we do not have enough broad sidewalks where the Scouts can pass, but we hope to find a way to make it work in our country as well.

In DICEX we are open to change, seeking to innovate in processes and strategy to be a step forward in the foreign trade industry. We research, we train, and we also share our knowledge with clients and suppliers for the growth of both parties. The drones, robots, electric ships and all the innovations that are created around the logistics industry are admirable and generate positive results among which are the reduction of pollution and greater efficiency in deliveries; Let’s be open to change and always propose better things!