Cleveron’s self-driving robot courier won the prestigious Last Mile Delivery Innovation (The Journey) category in the Parcel and Postal Technology International Awards 2019 at Parcel+Post Expo in Amsterdam. This award recognizes companies who are leading the way in improving last mile delivery. Parcel and Postal Technology International is the world’s leading magazine in the postal technology sector. The nominated companies represent the most innovative companies in the post and parcel delivery market.
Estonian company Cleveron was nominated for a total of three awards for this year's Parcel and Postal Technology International Awards. Cleveron received a nomination in the Supplier of the Year category and Cleveron's grocery robot got nominated for the Final Mile Innovation of The Year (The Final Delivery) award. In 2016, Cleveron won the Delivery Innovation of the Year title for Cleveron 401, which is most widely used by the world’s largest retailer Walmart.
The self-driving robot courier prototype was revealed on November 30th, at the Robotex International conference Generation R in Tallinn, Estonia. The self-driving robot courier is set to automate the last mile delivery and parcel handover from a courier to a client. This helps to manage the growing e-commerce parcel volumes more effectively and make last mile delivery more convenient for the consumer.
The idea behind Cleveron’s self-driving robot courier is the same as with all other Cleveron products – save time for everyone. Today, home deliveries require customers to wait at home for the courier to arrive, which, combined with peoples’ busy schedules, results in many failed delivery attempts. Cleveron’s vision for the future includes an ecosystem, in which deliveries would happen without human intervention. In the future, the robot courier could deliver parcels to personal parcel lockers during night-time. This would save time for customers, eliminate failed deliveries for couriers, lower last mile delivery costs for retailers and reduce the number of vehicles in daily traffic for city dwellers. Cleveron’s robot courier utilizes an electric motor, which also reduces noise pollution and emissions in urban areas.
The Parcel and Postal Technology International Awards recognize the latest developments in the postal and parcel industry. The winners were determined by a panel of judges consisting of industry experts from all around the world.