Future of Last-Mile
Funding Roundup: Siena AI, Relay Technologies, Pricepally and Others Accomplish Funding Success
It has been an outstanding week for startups in the e-commerce, logistics and supply chain space. Check out 6 of their amazing achievements: Siena AI, Pricepally, Relay Technologies, Wayup Sports, Birdseye and SuperCircle.
Nov 24, 2023
8 Busiest Shipping Routes to and from the United States 2023
Uncover critical trade pathways associated with the United States and learn about the dominant logistics carriers shaping these shipping routes.
Nov 23, 2023
DHL Express Expands Central Asia Hub in Hong Kong to Bolster Intra-Asia Trade
The expansion of the CAH reinforces DHL Express's dedication to supporting global trade growth and positions Hong Kong as a crucial hub in the increasingly interconnected world of international commerce.
Nov 23, 2023
Walmart Redefines Swift Deliveries with the Introduction of Parcel Stations
Discover how Walmart is transforming the delivery landscape with innovative Parcel Stations, revolutionizing speed and efficiency in online order fulfillment
Nov 22, 2023
USPS Announces New Shipping Rates for 2024
The announcement features price increases in USPS Ground Advantage, Priority Mail, and Priority Mail Express, emphasizing transparent pricing and retaining cost-effective solutions, like USPS Connect Local.
Nov 21, 2023
Alcott Global Podcast: Death of Globalization and Rise of Regionalization
In this episode, Radu Palamariu from Alcott Global, interviewed John Manners-Bell, Chief Executive at Transport Intelligence and Founder of the Foundation for Future Supply Chain.
Nov 17, 2023
Funding Roundup: eTaily, CloudFret, Fillogic and Others Secure New Funding Successfully
It has been an outstanding week for startups in the e-commerce, logistics and supply chain space. Check out 6 of their amazing achievements: eTaily, CloudFret, Fillogic, Awfar, Voyage Freight and Stockoss.
Nov 17, 2023
Australia Post Unveils Temporary Weekend Deliveries in Time for Christmas
The introduction of these new temporary services stands as an additional measure for Australia Post to support its customers during the busiest season of the year.
Nov 17, 2023
Unveiling China's Cross-Border E-Commerce: 5 Major Target Markets in Asia 2023
Delve into the trade dynamics between China and its 5 major destination countries for cross-border e-commerce, and also explore the crucial role of logistics carriers in facilitating seamless transactions.
Nov 16, 2023
UPS Launches Supply Chain Symphony Platform to Enhance Shippers' Visibility and Efficiency
The enhanced UPS Supply Chain Symphony platform allows customers to consolidate data from the company's diverse services into a single accessible location.
Nov 16, 2023
Future of Last-Mile Supply Chain and Logistics
Last-Mile Logistics Explained
What is last-mile delivery? In a product’s journey from warehouse shelf, to the truck’s back, to a customer’s doorstep, the last leg of logistics is also known as last mile delivery. This process includes transporting the final product from the warehouse to the customer’s front door. This final stage of the delivery process is crucial and should be adequately managed to ensure timely delivery to the consumer. Because of rising consumer demand, businesses are investing more in optimizing l this crucial stage to ensure a timely and efficient distribution of goods. Whether it is a personal dwelling or a retail business, the end destination of the supply chain should be reached as soon as possible to ensure customer satisfaction. The last mile logistics is also the most costly portion of the route from the transportation hub to the end destination, hence resource optimization should be a priority.
Top Trends in Last-Mile Delivery
With the increase in popularity in last mile delivery solutions and the fact that retailers are offering more delivery options, find out more about the top trends in last mile delivery that you should look out for – whether you’re a consumer or a business. Some of the top trends include rapid last-mile fulfillment, urban warehousing, and in-sourcing deliveries. These last mile innovations aim to decrease last mile logistics costs and improve profit margins. In fact, nowadays, more and more stores are experimenting with robotics, drones, and self-driving vehicles as last mile delivery methods and solutions..
Future of Last-Mile Delivery for Retailers
While house deliveries seem to be the dominating e-commerce delivery method today, out-of-home delivery options have been growing in popularity in recent years. This is especially given the ever-changing circumstances surrounding the worldwide pandemic. The Covid-19 pandemic has made contactless deliveries the new standard. With social distance and minimal physical touch becoming the new normal, businesses will need to continue to discover ways to safeguard the safety of both delivery employees and consumers. Furthermore, parcel lockers have also become an important component of the future of last mile delivery. With parcel lockers, there is no need for delivery drivers and consumers to come into direct contact because the carrier only has to put the packages in parcel lockers.
Keeping Last-Mile Delivery Sustainable
In an era where consumers are growing more environmentally-conscious, merchants and logistics companies must ensure sustainable last mile delivery more than ever. Many logistics firms are trying to replace diesel-powered delivery cars with electric ones. For instance, DPD Group has set aside 200 million euros to decarbonize, optimize their overall operation, and reduce carbon emissions. It is also important to consider sustainability in reverse logistics. While the returns procedure is not sustainable in and of itself because there will be more packing waste, logistics providers should still implement a more sustainable approach to reduce the environmental impact. An example could be to complete return orders using delivery trucks that are already on their way to the same location.