Internet of things (IoT) with the latest in machine-learning backed algorithms are the way logistics would be optimized to meet all customer demands and requirements, right from fast shipping, live tracking and notifications, and on-time delivery with optimized final mile movement.
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According to the American Trucking Associations, freight tonnage hauled by trucks would increase by 27% (between 2016 and 2027). With global retail sales to touch $27 trillion by 2020, it just adds to the problems of high volume and restricted resources. Most of these companies would win or lose based on how they optimize their last mile deliveries.
We have seen the Walmart acquiring Jet, Bonobos, Modcloth, and Shoebuy while planning to set up around 1000 pickup locations for online grocery shoppers. Racing Walmart to the front is Amazon with its grand acquisition of Wholefoods to enable faster deliveries with multiple pickup options.
Under-utilized capacity carries a clear cost which adds to the cost-per-unit carried by the resource. It isn’t feasible to run under-utilized resources to fulfill the ever-increasing demand created due to expectations of on-demand, same, or next day deliveries. On-demand and preferred slot delivery (or pick-up) is made more efficient with the use of an auto-allocation engine.
Traditional trade occupies close to 90% in key developing markets. By leveraging cloud-based technology, last mile delivery can be optimized for such distribution networks, bringing in organized patterns within the industry and generate more value for all the stakeholders involved namely the retailers, the distributors, the manufacturers, and the end-customers.
Polar Vortex can disrupt logistics movement pushing up freight rates due to a shortage of trucks and drivers. Shipments may be delayed either due to rerouting away from snow-blocked highways or, being detained due to traffic bottlenecks. Multi-modal transport via railroads and ports are also affected.
There is a way to bridge this gap, between the expectation and outcomes. And it is ‘tech-backed optimization’. Cloud-based optimization of resources, routes, and deliveries is the best way to ensure that your company not just matches industry benchmarks, but also breaks and resets them continually.
Your optimization and planning for logistics management and last mile deliveries are set to become much simpler. Here, LogiNext presents some of the best features released this month. Take your pick and find out which one applies best to your specific industry and market use cases. LogiNext’s feature release package has you covered. Here is you each feature would help you better your business.
Decathlon, with a million daily shipments moving through its 1100 stores across the world, picks the best global route and resource optimization solution provider, LogiNext, to streamline their merchandise movement with accurate on-time deliveries and complete end-to-end distribution visibility.