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Amazon working on innovative new delivery scheme

19 June 2015 - 15:21 by Graham Miller

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Barely a week passes without Amazon revealing details of a new way in which it plans to deliver products ordered online.

The latest wheeze is to roll out a mobile app, that will effectively allow any member of the public to become a paid delivery person for the firm, according to the Guardian.

This neighbourhood-oriented system will mean that any person living in an area might be able to sign up to help with the final stage of shipping products to people who have placed orders nearby.

All of this will be managed via the On My Way app and it could mean that people can still get items delivered to their doors, even if they are not in to collect them at the time they arrive.

Amazon is just one of the many companies offering safe shopping online to try and lower the cost of delivery while improving efficiency. And since so many consumers in the UK value the affordable or free delivery options, it makes sense to investigate other ways to handle this service.

Other delivery options which may arrive in the UK over the next few years include drone delivery, whereby unmanned aerial machines will dispatch items to households, as long as there is enough room for them to land.

The one thing that might help Amazon overcome its current delivery challenges is the opening of real-world stores.

This is because click and collect services are immensely popular in the UK, since they offer a combination of online ordering with same day collection that consumers love.

The logistical obstacle of achieving quick delivery without a network of bricks and mortar outlets is getting in the way of Amazon’s growth at the moment and some experts predict that a high street arrival is only a matter of time.