Last-mile logistics involves the movement of orders from a distribution hub or retail store to their final delivery destinations — which in many cases is the end customers’ doorsteps. Speed, accuracy and precision are critical in the last mile, but increasing headwinds pose a challenge: The shift to e-commerce, high demand for same-day delivery and the fact that virtual shopping carts are often abandoned when fast shipping options aren’t available are just some of the trends driving companies to explore ways to make the last mile more efficient.
Batching and routing orders for delivery in the final mile isn’t a new idea. Combining orders headed in the same direction helps ensure fast fulfillment and can save retailers time and money. But increased order volumes have made traditional approaches to speedy delivery, like point-to-point shipping, burdensome and inefficient. Now, businesses are combining the strategy of batching and routing orders with on-demand, crowdsourced delivery as a way to meet customers’ expectations for faster fulfillment.
How do you know if batched and routed delivery is right for your business?
Some of the clearest signs include:
- Your organization is dealing with new or increasing last-mile and same-day delivery challenges like missed shipment deadlines, unhappy customers or too many internal logistics resources being allocated to fulfillment.
- Your customers expect ultrafast fulfillment, but your operation lacks the infrastructure to meet that demand.
- Your facility sends out multiple orders same day to the same geographic area, but those orders are handled by different carriers, drivers or vehicles.
- Your point-to-point approach eats up time an resources as you work to coordinate the high volume of drivers and vehicles at pickup locations.
If you’re experiencing any or all of these challenges, then it’s time to consider how batched and routed delivery can ease the burden. In this white paper, you’ll learn:
- How batched and routed delivery works
- How companies are using it
- Insider tips on how to make the most of this last-mile logistics option.
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Take the next step with batched and routed delivery. Routed and batched delivery is a win-win-win for businesses, customers and the drivers carrying orders over the final mile. Retailers and their end customers get lower-cost, faster deliveries, and drivers earn more.
Ready to get these benefits by optimizing your last-mile fulfillment with batched and routed delivery? Get in touch with Roadie today.