Expert Voices

Automakers and retailers explore bots and lockers to automate delivery

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

In an eye-catching video, Ford and Agility Robotics recently touted their partnership and vision for autonomous delivery, illustrating the need for a system that can navigate from a parked vehicle up a set of stairs to reach the front door, for example.

The big picture: Autonomous vehicles are expected to decrease delivery costs by eventually removing drivers from the equation entirely, but the logistics of last meter delivery in particular remain intractable.

FedEx cuts express shipping contract with Amazon

Fedex workers loading packages into a truck
Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

FedEx announced on Friday it will not be renewing its domestic shipment contract for express shipping with Amazon, the Washington Post reports.

The big picture, Axios' Erica Pandey writes is that the company's decision to cut ties with Amazon comes as the e-commerce giant is quickly building its own logistics capabilities. Amazon, which used to be just a customer for big shippers like UPS and FedEx, is emerging as a competitor and may soon start taking market share.