Origins #55 - A Logistical Challenge

We’ve been quite open about the logistical challenges we are facing when shipping our products. The reality is that when you are a small business, just starting out, you are at a huge disadvantage when it comes to shipping customer orders.

Unless you become a business customer, you are likely to face very high prices, horrible customer service, and unreliable tracking. These are just the highlights of a set of issues we are often facing when it comes to the fulfillment of orders.

Last month, we had a series of issues with different big players, such as DHL and UPS, which triggered a bit of a rant from me on Twitter. I don’t usually do those kinds of things, but you can tell that I was a little bit frustrated with the status quo :)

As I mentioned in my tweet-storm, I can’t wait for Amazon to enter the field with a service targeted towards small businesses. I expect that when this happens, the price of logistics will fall down to a few cents per shipment. Reliability and customer service will also improve and become the differentiator. If the incumbents don’t adapt, they will become irrelevant.

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