Last-mile delivery company, Sherpa, recently announced it has partnered with global fulfilment automation platform, Starshipit, to fast track its offering to the hundreds of retailers already using Starshipit.
During the weekend of Father’s Day 2021 (4-5 September 2021), Sherpa made more than 40,000 same-day deliveries―a volume increase of 60 per cent on Father’s Day last year, when volumes hit record levels especially in locked-down Victoria.
Technology proved the most popular gift for Aussie dads during Father’s Day 2021, with tech deliveries up 400 per cent on last year. Also popular for dads during 2021 was cakes and doughnuts, flowers, wine and scotch.
“It’s clear now that the current demand for our service will simply roll into Christmas peak,” Sherpa CEO Duncan Brett says.
“We had expected some time to come up for air to prepare for that period, but we now believe this will not happen and this very strong demand will simply continue right through into January.”
Now Sherpa's technology is integrated into the Starshipit platform, retailers will have instant access to Sherpa's service including multiple same-day delivery propositions and live tracking. Online retailers selling on popular platforms such as Shopify, BigCommerce, Magento including marketplaces such as Amazon, eBay and Catch can now offer their customers same day delivery easily at their checkout as well as set the delivery price.
"More than ever, customers are demanding faster delivery and they want to see their goods arrive in real time with live tracking. That is what we do. They decide how long they want to wait to have the product in their hands and we now know that 80 per cent of online shoppers want same-day delivery.
"According to KPMG's 2021 Retail Outlook Report, 80 per cent of Australian retail CEOs and or executives say they expect consumers’ expectations to increase the most in the next 12 months in online delivery options and online delivery speed. This is what this partnership brings to market, it allows Australian retailers to quickly have access to an additional shipping option and one that is the fastest for their consumers.”
Like Sherpa, Starshipit is a technology company with the aim of automating fulfilment for retailers. It can quickly integrate with e-tailers’ existing online platforms like Shopify, Magento and BigCommerce to make the delivery process and options seamless.
“We are thrilled to partner with Sherpa to bring on-demand and same-day delivery to our product offering,” says Jennifer Diaz, head of growth for Starshipit.
“It is clear today’s consumers aren’t willing to wait and this trend is growing faster than ever before. “This integration has been highly anticipated by our merchants and will enable them to offer more choice to their customers, as well as further enhance the customer experience and increase sales conversion.”