Stymied by the fact that people just aren't home during the day, UPS and Fedex will soon introduce "Ice Cream Truck Protocol" delivery approaches to delivery.
It will work this way: People will place shipping orders as usual through companies like Amazon. The online retailers will ship said orders through UPS or Fedex but instead of shipping them to home or work addresses, many orders will be shipped to "roving trucks" that rove through neighborhoods between 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM, signalling to order recipients that their order is ready for pickup on the truck assigned to their neighborhood. I imagine this will be done through smartphones. When a recipient gets word the truck is on his street the recipient will leave his house and stand in a short line (assuming any) at the truck itself while the UPS / Fedex driver hands over whatever packages have been ordered.
And this will solve the problem of people who need to order things yet are never home to receive packages.
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