Logistics has always been about the A to B where A was the manufacturing plant, and B was the retailer who was selling the items. However, with the rise of eCommerce and omnichannel marketing, A to B isn’t so straightforward anymore. Consumers now have the power to skip the store and have items delivered directly to them. It means, logistics and transportation providers have to find ways to make it work. In addition to having a wide variety of goods and products delivered right to their door, consumers want those products delivered even quicker than ever before.
The Last Mile of delivery is becoming a new focal point for logistics providers. So the question is, how is logistics adapting to last mile deliveries?
Last mile delivery is one thing, but contending with crowded streets and heavy traffic is something else altogether. Smart city logistics is just one new challenge that logistics providers will have to face. With warehousing space coming at a premium and often too far away from the city to be useful, what options are there?
One of the latest trends for warehousing space is repurposing. Across the United States, shopping malls that are falling into disuse (having been pushed out by e-commerce) are quickly being snatched up as distribution hubs for many companies. Many European cities are taking advantage of the falling car usage by repurposing multi-storey car parks into DC hubs which can provide easier access to the core of the city and reduce traffic and congestion.
Other companies are adopting warehousing models used in highly populated Asian cities like Tokyo and Hong Kong where multiple companies are sharing a single warehousing space which helps to cut down on operating costs and expenses.
New Delivery Methods
New delivery methods will also be crucial to integrating smooth last mile delivery services. Of course, everyone knows that Amazon is looking to deliver packages directly to customers doorsteps using drones. However, there are a lot of other innovations that can make last mile deliveries that much easier.
Package delivery bots are also starting to make the rounds as an automated carrier robot can deliver a package directly to a customer’s door without the need for a Federal Aerial Clearance. Additionally, there are many businesses that are bringing some new tricks to the trade. DHL and Daimler AG are working on a system that would provide a package carrier a one-time access code to the trunk of a consumer’s car, allowing deliveries to be made wherever the car is parked, whether it be at home or out and about.
In addition to new modes of delivery, there are also some serious upgrades being made to delivery trucks in general. Electric delivery trucks from Mercedes-Benz and Daimler AG have a delivery range of 200 kilometers with a payload of 26 tons, which can cut down on urban CO2 emissions. Additionally, these electric trucks could bypass the night time noise ordinance, which would allow deliveries to be made during a time of lower traffic volume and congestion in the city
Logistics Companies Get Smarter
Location and new delivery methods are all well and good, but if a logistics provider works at a suboptimal level then it’s all for nothing. To that end, many shippers and carriers are overhauling their logistics intelligence to work more efficiently
Digitalisation of freight services will play a large part in the adaptation process. As companies go digital, the gain access to a wide array of useful information and data that allows them to increase their transparency and operating efficiency. More data means smarter moves which result in less wasted time. When it comes to last mile deliveries, timing is king.
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