Inhabitat: What is your vision of the future of logistics and shipping?
Matthams: Shiply! However, I do also see a lot more movement from road to rail and other modes as pressure mounts on government also to reduce CO2. I also see a shift towards even more time-sensitive and demanding customers. One-hour delivery time slots (as opposed to 9-5 windows) will become the norm, and within the e-commerce space we can expect delivery in metropolitan areas within minutes of ordering, not days.
Inhabitat: You have received numerous awards as a young entrepreneur. Have you found that promotion of your company is a big part of taking green logistics forward?
Matthams: Definitely. Shiply is not a household brand yet, so as a company we are continually striving to get our message out there and educate the consumer about the green benefits of Shiply. So looking back at the awards to date, we certainly see the massive advantages they have brought us and moving forward understand the importance of such promotion. Prestigious awards from the likes of Shell, BT and The Dutch Postcode Lottery have provided us with great exposure that money can’t buy. For example, when I won the Shell Young Entrepreneur of the Year, I was scheduled in for a national interview on Radio 5 Live the very next day. From there we got coverage on BBC Working Lunch, The Independent, Financial Times and Evening Standard, among others.