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Postal Carriers Could Get Help Hauling Ecommerce Packages

Postal carriers could get help hauling heavy packages, according to a report in the Mirror. Germany’s Deutsche Post is testing robots to help with the increase in packages.

“Clemens Beckmann, head of innovation at Deutsche Post, told Reuters: “Robots could be used in deliveries in three to five years’ time. The technology is there. Delivery chains in which people and robots work together will soon be normal and will allow for faster and more efficient processing of goods.”

Fortune picked up the Reuters story, writing, “The robots, which look like a table on wheels on which goods can be placed, would follow delivery workers, helping them to transport and carry heavy parcels. If the postie stops walking, the robot stops too, and it only starts again when they move on.”

In a press release on the Deutsche Post DHL Group website, the company goes further:

“Just like our children can’t picture a world without computers, it is likely that their children will feel the same way about robots. Developing the next generation of robots that can work around and among people will take a substantial investment to advance the technology but at DPDHL Group we believe that soon supply chains will see humans and robots working side by side to handle goods faster and more economically.”

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.