Future of Last-Mile
Maersk Launches Innovation Center to Drive Supply Chain Innovation
The center has already achieved numerous successes, including the partnership with Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Center for Transportation and Logistics to perform research at a doctoral and post-doctoral level on supply chain challenges.
May 31, 2023
Exclusive Interview: The Future of Logistics Innovations Through the Lens of 3 Industry Experts
Hear from three prominent voices in logistics: Jacqueline (Jakki) Krage Strako of USPS; Cathy Roberson of Reverse Logistics Association; and Prashant Shah of SwagUp in this exclusive interview on the future of logistics innovations.
May 25, 2023
Alcott Global Podcast: The Key Role of Technology in Optimizing Supply Chain Processes
In episode #37 of Leaders in Supply Chain Podcast Latin America, Xabier Basañez of Alcott Global interviewed Santiago Duarte, Vice President of Global Technology Supply Chain at Anheuser-Busch InBev NV about the key role of technology in optimizing supply chain processes.
May 24, 2023
Cainiao Trials Full-Chain Cargo Data Exchange on the Hangzhou-Leige Air Route
Cainiao strives to be a pioneer in implementing global air cargo industry standards and integrating RFID into One Record trials can further enhance the end-to-end visualization and transparency of air cargo transportation.
May 24, 2023
State of E-Commerce in Canada 2022
From examining first-time delivery success rates to analyzing dwell times of parcels in collection points, gain insights into Canada's evolving e-commerce landscape in this report.
May 23, 2023
Top Innovations Reshaping Last-Mile Delivery
Explore the top innovations that are reshaping last-mile delivery and how they are improving efficiency and customer satisfaction. Learn about micro hubs, electric vehicles, hybrid fleet management systems and more.
May 22, 2023
The Rise of Automation in Logistics: Drones, Robots & Self-Driving Vehicles
Explore the transformative impact of automation technologies, such as drones, robots, and self-driving vehicles, on the logistics industry. Discover how these innovations are reshaping supply chain operations, optimizing efficiency, and revolutionizing the future of logistics.
May 19, 2023
Yodel Launches Package Lockers Trial in Northern Ireland
PayPoint Group's Collect+ and OOHPod are working together to launch parcel lockers for Yodel Click & Collect customers in Northern Ireland.
May 18, 2023
DHL Expands CFS Space in Bangladesh to Support Growing Trade Demands
The expansion of the DHL Global Forwarding dedicated CFS facilities will help meet the growing demand for Bangladesh’s readymade garments around the world.
May 17, 2023
Top Logistics & Supply Chain Tech Startups in the United States
Learn about these top US-based logistics and supply chain startups that you should watch in 2023: Convoy, Flexport, GreyOrange, Loadsmart, Locus Robotics, Nuro, Project44, Stord, Transfix and Zipline.
May 16, 2023
Zipline Increases Footprint in the US With Three New Customers
Zipline has added global health and wellness brand GNC, restaurant chain Pagliacci Pizza and national transport company Associated Couriers to its roster of drone delivery customers.
May 12, 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.