Innovation Invention Transport Delivery Panel 

Day 1 March 15th 3:15 – 4:00 pm

Session Overview

Following the front end retail first mile is the transportation and delivery of goods within the postal ecosystem infrastructure.  Brian Bowers, Chief Technology Officer at Bell and Howell moderated this panel featuring a diverse group discussing new innovations and inventions in this leg of the B2Me journey.  Panelists included Steve Burns, co-founder and CEO of Workhorse; Keith Cornell, Chief Commercial Officer at self-driving delivery robots provider Starship Technologies; and Robbie Diamond, founder, President and CEO of policy advocate group SAFE (Securing America’s Future Energy).

An in-depth coverage article on the session has been posted on the site (click here)!

Our Favorite Postal Visionary Moments from this session:

“The good news is that people are going to get goods delivered to them, so how can we do it more effectively and less costly, and let’s reduce pollution while we’re at it.  The stop and go nature of these delivery vehicles is the hardest thing an internal combustion engine has to do.  If we’re going to reinvent this space, should we use the tools of old?  I think we can see that’s going to end, but for the foreseeable future we still need trucks, but why not electric trucks?“   Steve Burns, Workhorse/HorseFly

“What does the customer want?  Number 1, ‘where is my package,’ number two – ‘deliver it when I want it,’ and number three – I don’t want to pay anything.’  Our belief is that our robots will dramatically reduce last mile costs.“   Keith Cornell, Starship Technologies

“Our mission is to reduce U.S. oil dependencies for economic and security reasons.  The USPS has the largest vehicle fleet in the world, and is in the process of determining its next generation vehicles, which is a perfect opportunity for innovation.“  Robbie Diamond, SAFE


Session Presentations

Slides Used in this Session:  Innovation and Invention in Transport and Delivery

Check out the Video of this session on the PostalVision YouTube Channel


In the News

First Test Delivery of the Workhorse Group HorseFly Drone Featured on NBC-TV Affiliate

Workhorse continues R&D on Horsefly package delivery system 

Will Your Delivery Guy Be Replaced by a Starship Robot? 

Starship Technologies wants to deliver your groceries with robots

Calling All Innovators

The T. Boone Pickens Channel – Episode 6:  Robbie Diamond, Securing America’s Future Energy